Imagine the amaze of doctors in India who discovered a teenage boys stomach ache was caused by the malformed fetus of his unborn twin.
Narendra Kumar, 18, was taken to Narayan Swaroop Hospital in Uttar Pradesh, a northern province of India, after suffered by abdominal ache, weight loss, and bouts of puking, as reported bySanjay PandeyforThe MailOnline.After a long process of diagnosis, ultrasound and CT scans detected a 20 -centimeter( 7.8 -inch ), 2.5 -kilogram( 5.5 -pound) mass of bone, hair, and teeth in his abdomen.
The mass was reportedly caused by adevelopmental abnormality called fetus in fetu. In this extraordinarily rare condition, one of the fetuses in the early stages of a twin pregnancy envelops the other. The enveloped twin then lives off the nutrients provided by its sibling’s blood render. Theyre usually found in the hosts abdomen, although there are reported cases of them being found in skulls and even scrotums , among others.
Speaking to The MailOnline, Dr. Rajeev Singh said, The boy’s belly grew, but his predicament went undiscovered for years because neither his parents wereaware of his medical condition nor the doctors could diagnose the condition at an early stage.
Technically, the fetus was alive and was growing due to metabolic activity in his body.
He added, In the three-hour-long surgery, we removed a mass of malformed newborn, which had hair, teeth, a poorly developed head, a bony structure of chest and spine, with lots of yellowish amniotic-like fluid in the sac.