By Festus Omobude
Shyam Lai Yadav, 74-year-old Indian farmer had a head injury in 2014 and 5-years later had led to an uncommon cutaneous outgrowth sprouting from the top of his head. The abnormal outgrowth was referred to as the devil’s horn which consists of Keratin. Although being harmless it grew aggressively and needed to seek medical attention.
He had tried to remove the growing horn years ago by having it barbed off, but only worsened the condition and made it heighten the more. A surgical operation was performed at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city. Surgeon Dr. Vishal Gajbhiye said:
‘Around five years ago the patient had hurt his head after which a lump started growing.’ Initially, he ignored it as it did not cause any discomfort. Also, he got the growth cut by the local barber.’ But, when the lump hardened and started growing further, he approached the hospital at Sagar. ‘As the horn is composed of keratin, the horn can usually be removed with a sterile razor. However, the underlying condition will still need to be treated.’ Dr. Gajbhiye added: ‘Treatments vary, but they can include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Immediately after its removal, the skin was grafted on the wound which has now healed completely.’
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