In a first in medical history ever, a baby boy has been born with three penises, a team of doctors have revealed. According to the doctors, he is the first-ever human to be born with such an affliction. The baby was reported to have been born three months ago. The condition is called triphallia.
The case of triphalia was reported in Duhok, in the north of the country.
According to the doctors, his parents discovered “two skin projections” at the base of his scrotum after which they took him to the doctor. The doctors were baffled when they discovered that they were penises.
One measured 2cm while the other was 1cm – only one of the penises had a head.
Only the child’s main penis was functioning, so the doctors removed the excess penises.
The team, led by Dr Shakir Saleem Jabali, wrote in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports: “Triphallia (three penises) is unreported condition in human until now. Patients with supernumerary penises have unique presentation and no cases are identical. Treatment is difficult because it poses medical, ethical, and cosmetic aspects. A combined multidisciplinary team is required for the management and long term follow up is required. Excision or reconstruction of the duplicate penis is required depending on the corporal development and anatomy of the urethra.”
Diphallia, a condition where a child is born with two penises, affects one in six million boys.
It was first reported in 1609 by Swiss doctor Johannes Jacob Wecker when he analysed a cadaver.
Since then, only around 1,000 cases have been reported. The condition is not a danger in itself, but can lead to health complications.
As per Healthline, Diphallia is associated with many other conditions that do cause medical problems. People with diphallia often experience other congenital defects, including digestive and urinary tract problems.