Baby Born With Double Penis And Two Separate Scrotums
A baby has been born with a double penis and two scrotums.
He was also born with two urethra - meaning he can urinate out of both penises - as well as two colons and two imperforated anuses, with surgery needed to create a descending colostomy.
Discussing the unusual case in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, doctors said the baby had a very rare condition called caudal duplication syndrome (CDS).
Author of the report, Ahmed Maher Ali - and his team at the Pediatric Surgery Unit in Assiut University Children Hospital, Egypt - wrote: "We present a newborn with double penis and double scrotum as a part of a caudal duplication syndrome (CDS) which is a condition includes duplication of the distal organs of the body. It is crucial to have knowledge about it to be able to be identified.
"A male newborn presented with double penis, double scrotum double urethra, double colon, and double imperforate anus. After work up a low descending colostomy was done (4 stomas of duplicated colon) and started feeding with normal passage from colostomy."
The case study continued: "The cause of CDS is unknown many theories have tried to explain that, but the most accepted theory is failure of monchorial twins to separate completely. CDS may be associated with other congenital anomalies as imperforate anus, renal anomalies, and omphalocele.
"CDS is a very rare condition which needs multidisciplinary team to manage and needs staged repair. Most pediatricians and pediatric surgeons are unable to diagnose it, we add a case of CDS to the literature."
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The baby was born weighing 2.6 kg (5.7lbs) and had one testicle in each scrotum. He will need numerous procedures once he is a bit older.
The report concludes: "CDS is a rare condition that needs a multidisciplinary team for its management that includes staged repair of duplications.
"In our case, we are planning to start staged repair at the age of 16 months."
Last year, a baby boy in Turkey was born without a penis.
Doctors at Erbakan University Hospital in Konya said his condition, penile agenesis, occurs in only one in every 10 to 30 million boys.
The boy's rare condition was investigated by a specialist team of medics, including surgeons, just one day after he was born.
Their examination found that the youngster had an 'abnormal connection between his bladder and rectum' - also known as a vesicorectal fistula.
The medical team said: "This is the first report of an infant with the combination of penile agenesis, vesicoureteral reflux, and vesicorectal fistula."
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