Baghdad: In an incident unheard of in medical history, a baby in Iraq was born with three penises.
The matter came to fore when the parents took the three-month-old to the hospital after he developed swelling in the scrotum.
After medical check up, the doctors ascertained that he had two more penises emerging — one close to the root of his primary penis and another under the scrotum.
This astonished the doctors, more so because the child was never exposed to any drugs in the womb and there was no genetic anomaly in his family history.
The International Journal of Surgery Case published a paper on this rare phenomenon.
“Triphallia (three penises) is an unreported condition until now. It affects one in every 5-6 million live births. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case with three penises or triphallia,” the study written by Shakir Saleem Jabali and Ayad Ahmed Mohammed said.
The doctors later found out that the additional penises did not have urethra, so they surgically removed those.