“As far as we know, this is the first reported case with three penises or ‘triphallia’,” wrote doctor Shakir Saleem Jabali, in an article published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.
The boy, who was born in the Iraqi city of Duhok, was taken to the hospital by his parents when he was three months old due to a swollen scrotum.
When they looked at it, doctors noticed that the baby had two extra penises – a two-centimeter member near the main penis and another one centimeter member near the testicular pouch.
The anomaly, experts argue, was not expected because the child was not exposed to drugs during pregnancy and had no history of genetic abnormalities.
Since the two extra penises lacked an urethra – where urine passes – doctors decided to surgically remove them. The surgery was a success and, a year later, the child was discharged.
To date, only cases of ‘diphallia’ have been known, a condition in which a child is born with two penises and which affects one in six million boys.
The condition was first reported in 1609, by the Swiss physician Johannes Jacob Wecker, when he analyzed a corpse. Until then, a thousand cases of ‘diphallia’ have been reported.
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