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Man grows four-inch horn after head injury

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Madhya Pradesh - The growth is understood to be made of keratin found in toenails and human hair.

By Web Report

Published: Thu 19 Sep 2019, 12:01 PM

Last updated: Thu 19 Sep 2019, 2:50 PM

A 74-year-old farmer from Madhya Pradesh, India, had a four-inch devil's horn erupting on his head after he suffered a head injury in 2014. For five years, the elderly man had been getting the rare cutaneous horn trimmed from his barber until it began to grow aggressively.
Hailing from a village named Rahli, Shyam Lal Yadav, said he sought medical treatment when the horn became hard and grew above his skull.
According to reports in Daily Mail, the benign growth is understood to be made of keratin found in toenails and human hair, and mostly occur in older adults.
Yadav underwent a surgery to have the horn removed at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city, Madhya Pradesh.
"In medical terms, this type of rare growth is called sebaceous horn (devil's horn) and are predominantly benign lesions however the possibility of malignant potential should always be kept in mind," surgeon Dr. Vishal Gajbhiye was quoted as saying in The Sun.
Dr Vishal Gajbhiye added that although the treatments vary, they can include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. While the farmer spent ten days in the hospital recovering after the growth was removed.

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