Four Inch 'Devil Horn' Grows Out Of Man's Head
For 5 years, this 74-year-old Indian man has been struggling with a horn that grew out his head, eventually measuring 10 cm.
Shyam Lal Yadav is a 74-year-old farmer from Rahli village in Madhya Pradesh, India. 5 Years ago, he bumped his head, and soon after, he noticed something strange growing on his head.
For years, he asked his barber to take care of it, but no matter how often he shaved it down, the horn kept growing. The horn became too long, measuring 10 cm, and it was too difficult to handle, so Shyam had to seek help at the hospital.
Neurosurgeons at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city, India, swiftly removed to 'devil horn' and Shyam is now recovering.
Surgeon Dr. Vishal Gajbhiye said:
"Around five years ago the patient had hurt his head after which a lump started growing. Initially, he ignored it as it did not cause any discomfort. Also, he got the growth cut by the local barber. But, when the lump hardened and started growing further, he approached the hospital at Sagar."
Doctors removed the horn with a razor and grafted skin on the wound, but they still need to treat the root cause, to prevent it from growing back in the future.
In medical terms, the 'devil horn' is called a sebaceous horn and it is most common among people aged between 60 and 70 years old.
"In medical terms, this type of rare growth is called sebaceous horn (devil's horn). As the horn is composed of keratin, the same material found in fingernails, the horn can usually be removed with a sterile razor. However, the underlying condition will still need to be treated. The sebaceous horns are predominantly benign lesions however the possibility of malignant potential should always be kept in mind. Treatments vary, but they can include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy," Dr. Gajbhiye explained.
The cause of this strange growth is unknown, but scientists have found links to radiation and UV exposure - other catalysts include viral warts, squamous cell carcinoma or the scaly growth actinic keratosis.