This Man Has A 'Devil Horn' Growing Out Of His Head!

This Man Has A ‘Devil Horn’ Growing Out Of His Head!

In a small village in Madhya Pradesh, IndiaShyam Lal Yadav lived with a strange condition that seems straight out of a mythical tale. A horn-like growth, referred to as a “devil’s horn,” had formed on the top of his head. This growth, which began as a small lump following a head injury in 2014, eventually grew to tower over his skull

It took on the hard and imposing structure of a horn. At 74 years old, Mr. Yadav had endured this bizarre condition for over five years. Yadav got the horn surgically removed but he continued with treatment afterwards. Let’s have a closer look at how this bizarre thing grew on top of his head. 

A Strange Aftermath of an Injury

The unusual growth originated from a seemingly harmless incident when Mr. Yadav injured his head in 2014. Initially, the growth was manageable. It neither caused pain nor discomfort, which led Mr. Yadav to treat it as a minor inconvenience. 

He even had it trimmed by his local barber during regular visits. However, the situation took a grave turn when the growth began to harden and transform. Mr. Yadav soon started to seek serious medical help.

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Understanding the “Devil Horn”

Upon medical consultation, it was revealed that the horn was made of keratin, the same material that forms human hair and toenails. This type of growth is known as a ‘cutaneous horn.’ It is more common in older adults but remains a rare phenomenon. The removal of the horn involved a surgical procedure conducted at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city.

Dr. Vishal Gajbhiye, the surgeon who operated on Mr. Yadav, explained that the horn itself could be removed with surgical precision. However, the underlying condition would require further treatment with radiation or chemotherapy.

“The horn is composed of keratin, so it can usually be removed with a sterile razor. However, the underlying condition will still need to be treated.” 

Dr. Gajbhiye
This Man Has A 'Devil Horn' Growing Out Of His Head
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The potential causes of such growth are still not well understood, but theories suggest that factors like radiation or excessive sunlight exposure might trigger such conditions. 

After the surgery, Mr. Yadav spent ten days in the hospital, and the area was treated with a skin graft. Fortunately, a biopsy confirmed the growth was benign, and the wound healed completely.

Rare Medical Phenomena and Cultural Impact

Mr. Yadav’s case is not just a medical curiosity but also a cultural anomaly. Similar cases, while rare, have occurred around the world. They often attract significant attention due to their striking visual impact and the folklore and myths associated. This rare medical case was considered significant enough to be sent to the International Journal of Surgery.

This Man Has A 'Devil Horn' Growing Out Of His Head
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Living with a visible and unusual medical condition like Mr. Yadav’s can be challenging, not just physically but also socially and emotionally. The media coverage of such anomalies plays a crucial role in shaping public perception and empathy toward those affected. For those intrigued by the mysteries of the human body, cases like these serve as a reminder of the complex interplay between genetics, environment, and health.

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