Boy, 7, born with TWO penises due to incredibly rare condition has surgery to remove extra appendage
Uzbekistani boy, 7, born with TWO penises gets surgery to remove his one-in-6million ‘duplicate’
- Boy in Uzbekistan born with two penises due to rare condition diphallia
- Penis duplication is thought to affect one in six million boys
- The unidentified boy was also born with no anus, according to his doctors
An Uzbekistani boy was born with two penises in what doctors believe is a one-in-6milllion birth defect.
The unidentified boy, from the country’s capital, Tashkent, lived with the condition for seven years without physical discomfort.
Medics say he was able to pass urine out of both ‘fully functional’ and ‘structurally normal’ penises, which were conjoined at the shaft.
The boy was referred to specialist clinic, where he underwent a delicate procedure to remove his left phallus.
Despite his condition posing a ‘great surgical challenge’, he made a full recovery within weeks.
Surgeons who revealed the tale in the journal Urology Case Reports said the defect has only ever been spotted 100 times in history — with the first known case in 1609.
Known medically as diphallia, experts estimate the condition affects about one out of every five to six million baby boys.
Surgeons at National Children’s Medical Center in Tashkent (pictured) diagnosed the unidentified seven-year-old patient with the extremely rare penis duplication condition diphallia and performed surgery to remove one of the appendages
Born with more than one penis: The one-in-6million condition
Diphallia is an extraordinarily rare defect where a boy is born with two penises, with the first recorded case dating back to the 1600s.
Triphallia — which hadn’t ever been recorded in medical literature until now — is the term for having three penises.
The condition is associated with other abnormalities, including being born with two scrotums or anuses.
An estimated one in every six million boys is born with the condition, according to researchers.
There is also a higher risk of spina bifida, a developmental congenital condition which causes some vertebrate protecting the spinal cord not fully form and remain open.
In most cases the penises are the same size and sit side by side.
In some men, the smaller penis will sit above the larger.
A man with two penises can urinate or ejaculate from one or both, according to reports.
Doctors at the Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute said double penises are a ‘rare anomaly’ and normally occur in patients born with other genital or urinary problems.
Pre-surgery scans revealed the Uzbekistani boy’s bladder and kidneys were ‘normal’, apart from two functioning urethras running from his bladder to each penis.
They learned that the child was born with no anus — which has been seen in other babies with double penises.
Surgeons made him an anus shortly after he was born, but it’s not clear why they did not operate on his duplicated penis.
It is unclear exactly how diphallia occurs and there is no known single risk factor, but it’s thought to happen by chance when genitalia develops in the womb.
Patients either have complete diphallia, when both penises are well developed, or partial diphallia, when one penis is smaller or deformed.
In this case, the boy had complete diphallia and both penises were fully functional and developing normally.
The doctors said this made the surgery more challenging.
During the operation, the left penis and urethra were removed and the child’s urine stream had to be redirected into his right side only.
A catheter was fitted for 21 days as the boy recovered in hospital.
The case comes after MailOnline revealed a boy was born in Iraq with three penises, in a defect known as triphalia.
Doctors in the north of the country, near Mosul, believed they were the first to ever publish a study detailing a case of human triphalia.
Only one was functional so the other two — attached to the shaft of his actual penis and bottom of his scrotum — were surgically removed.
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