Underdeveloped Body Parts Found in a 16-Year-Old’s Ovarian Tumor

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Doctors performing an emergency appendectomy on a 16-year-old girl were shocked to discover an ovarian tumor with brain matter and partially formed skull in the process.

Doctors found a partially formed cerebellum covered by thin skull bone with hair in a 16-year-old Japanese girl’s ovarian tumor while performing an emergency appendectomy. The teenage girl was rushed to the hospital after she exhibited symptoms of acute appendicitis. It wasn’t until halfway through the surgery that doctors noticed the strange outgrowths on her ovary. The tumor, scientifically known as a teratoma, contained gray matter, bone tissue, and clumps of hair.

The surgery to remove the ovarian tumor, however, took place three months after the appendectomy. Furthermore, in spite of the odd findings, the teenage girl did not report any distressing symptoms associated with the tumor and was able to recover quickly.

Ovarian Tumor

According to medical professionals, an ovarian tumor is a benign growth in the ovaries. The protuberance occurs when an immature egg in the ovary steers away from its natural course of action and attempts to create various body parts on its own.

Since two major components are needed in order to create human life, this ultimately leads to the egg cells only creating incomplete body parts, such as teeth, hair, muscle, or other underdeveloped parts. However, doctors rarely stumble upon tumors like the one the teenage girl had in her ovary.

Similar Occurrences

Another incident, much like the one mentioned earlier, took place several years back. At the time, a 25-year-old virgin, also from Japan, was discovered to carry what seemed to be an underdeveloped fetus. The doll-like structure had partially developed extremities, a trunk, and a small head.

Furthermore, the ovarian tumor also had other important bodily structures, such blood vessels, spinal nerves, intestines, brain matter, a jaw, spinal bones, and even eyes with eyelashes. Even though the structure had a spine, it was deformed. Apparently, the egg cells were attempting to create a child on their own, noted the scientists.

Teratomas and similar conditions also come with symptoms that, if left untreated, could result in the Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate-receptor Encephalitis (Anti-NMDA-receptor Encephalitis). The affection is characterized by fever, nausea, headaches, which could ultimately lead to auditory hallucinations and multiple other psychiatric symptoms.

Nevertheless, once the doctors remove an ovarian tumor from one’s system, the patient has good chances of a fast and complete recovery.

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