Once in a while, doctors encounter a medical problem so unusual they’re hard to conjure even in the imagination. But anything is possible; hence, the weird and the bizarre exist. Here are some unusual medical cases that may make you wonder more about the human body.
The Pregnant Man of India
Having a twin is a good thing, but carrying that twin in your stomach? No, thank you. Sanju Bhagat, a resident of Nagpur City in India, was once so swollen in the tummy that he looked like nine month pregnant. In June 1999, his problem worsened that he has to undergo surgery. His doctor, Dr. Ajay Mehta of Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, at first believed it to be an ordinary tumor, but he discovered something else. As he cut deeper into Bhagat’s stomach, fluids came out and then limbs came after another. The doctor also found genitalia, jaws, hair and many other body parts. It was as if Bhagat has given birth, but the doctor actually just removed the mutated body of his twin brother, which he had been carrying in stomach for so many years. Bhagat’s case is just one of bizarre medical cases called fetus in fetu, where in a fetus survives as a parasite in its twin’s body.
Having a tattoo is cool – if it’s on the right place. In a case report published in the 2012 Journal of Sexual Medicine, a 21-year-old man from Iran, learned the hard way when his tattoo idea went terribly wrong. He paid an artist to tattoo his girlfriend’s initial along with the Persian phrase “Good luck with your journeys” on his, well, P-E-N-I-S.
According to his doctors, the young man experienced pain for over a week after getting his tattoo. A few days later, he noticed his penis becoming semierect permanently. He tried to live with the condition for three months before seeking medical help in hope that it will just go away on its own.
The doctors tried draining the excess blood from his penis, but this didn’t get rid of the erection. He declined further treatment and decided that he was fine living with the condition.
Amygdala is that part of our brain that helps us recognize emotions. Removing it is said to make it harder for any person to read other people’s emotions. But again, that may not always be true. In a case report published in Neurocase, a woman suffering from severe epilepsy developed hyper empathy after the surgical removal of her amygdala. According to the report, the woman experienced spectacular emotional arousal that comes with physical effects when experiencing emotions like sad, anger or happiness. When she is sad, she is said to feel its physical effect, which she described as ‘a spin at the heart’. When angry, she felt an unpleasant feeling in the esophagus area.
The doctors who examined her case noted that despite her lack of amygdala, the patient performed excellently in the standard emphatic ability tests.