Baby Boy Born With Two Penises Has The Larger One Surgically Removed
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A Brazilian boy who was born with two penises has ended up having his bigger member chopped off.
Doctors operated on the young boy after they discovered his two appendages were conjoined at the base in a one-in-5 million birth defect.
Medics were originally planning on chopping off the smaller Johnson (which many would think would be an obvious move), however, they changed their mind finding out a crucial bit of information.
The boy’s mother revealed her son could only urinate from the smaller penis.
Examinations showed that his left penis - the bigger of the two - couldn’t function correctly as the boy’s urethra was too narrow for urine to pass through.
The surgery was completed without a hitch, with surgeons able to completely detach the bigger penis.
The study on the boy and his rare birth defect, which is called diphallia, was published in the Journal of Pediatric Urology.
The journal made note that the boy was two years old at the time of surgery, without actually referencing why it took so long for anything to be done about the birth defect.
Marcela Leal da Cruz, who helped write the study, the defect has only been spotted 100 times in history.
According to a 2018 study written by Scott Frothingham, the condition only affects one out of every five to six million baby boys.
The first condition was reported by Swiss doctor Johannes Jacob Wecker back in 1609.
Patients can either have complete diphallia, where both penises are fully formed, or partial diphallia, where one penis is deformed.
Last year, the first case of triphallia was recorded, with a boy in Iraq making medical history.
The child became the first in the world to be born with three penises, according to doctors.
The doctors from Kurdistan published their report of the case in the medical journal International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.
In the end, the decision was taken to remove the two extra penises while the baby was under anaesthetic.
After a year, the baby is reportedly healthy and had recovered from the surgery successfully.
However, he will continue to have check-ups as he enters and traverses puberty and 'before marriage' according to the report.
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