A Brazilian boy who was born with two penises ended up having his bigger appendage removed.
Doctors operated on the boy after they discovered his two penises were conjoined at the base in a one-in-5 million birth occurrence. Medics were originally going to remove the smaller one, but new information changed their minds.
The boy’s mother revealed her son could only urinate from the smaller penis. Examinations showed that the left and bigger penis couldn’t function correctly.
This was because the boy’s urethra was too narrow for urine to pass through. The surgery was completed without any complications, utterly detaching the bigger genitalia.
The study concerning the boy and his rare birth defect, called diphallia, was published in the Journal of Paediatric Urology. The boy was two years old at the time of surgery, but the report did not say why it it took so long for anything to be done.
Marcela Leal da Cruz, who helped write the study, said the defect was spotted only 100 times in history. The first condition was reported back in 1609. Last year, a case of triphalllia (yes, three) was recorded, making medical history.