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First Human Case of Triphallia: A Baby Boy Born With Three Male Genitalia Reported

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A baby boy who was born in Duhok City, Iraq three months ago has to undergo surgery to remove his two extra male genitalia.

Doctors only discovered the child had three penises three months after he was born.

Only one of these genitals is functional so the other two, one attached to the end of his penis and the other is at the bottom of his scrotum, will have to be surgically removed.

His parents took him to the doctors after they discovered “two skin projections” at the base of his scrotum.

However, the doctors were left stunned when they discovered the projections were actually penises.

One measured 2cm while the other was 1cm – only one of the penises had a head.

Only the child’s main penis was functioning, so the doctors removed the excess penises.

The team, led by Dr Shakir Saleem Jabali, wrote in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports: “Triphallia (three penises) is unreported condition in human until now.

“Patients with supernumerary penises have unique presentation and no cases are identical.

“Treatment is difficult because it poses medical, ethical, and cosmetic aspects.

Doctors said that one out of five to six million boys is born with diphallia, two penises, with around 100 cases were recorded worldwide over the past 400 years since it was first medically identified. But the Iraqi baby boy is the first case of triphallia in humans recorded.

“A combined multidisciplinary team is required for the management and long term follow up is required.

“Excision or reconstruction of the duplicate penis is required depending on the corporal development and anatomy of the urethra.”

It was first reported in 1609 by Swiss doctor Johannes Jacob Wecker when he analysed a cadaver.

Since then, only around 1,000 cases have been reported.

The condition is not a danger in itself, but can lead to health complications.

Healthline said: “Diphallia is associated with many other conditions that do cause medical problems.

“People with diphallia often experience other congenital defects, including digestive and urinary tract problems.”

Having diphallia is not dangerous but may be associated with other health conditions that lead to medical problems., including digestive and urinary tract problems.

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