21-year man carries foetus since birth

Bhubaneswar: A team of six doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here has removed a foetus from a 21-year-old man after its abnormal growth turned painful for him.

The foetus, 8cm long and weighing 250gm, had been growing inside him since his birth.

The man hails from Jaleswar in Balasore district. After successful operation, he was discharged from the hospital on Thursday.

The surgery, which lasted five hours, was successful, said Tushar Subhadarsan Mishra of the AIIMS department of surgery.

He said that such operations had been so rare that they had been conducted only around a hundred times across the world so far.

Foetus in fetu is a rare abnormality in which a mass of tissue resembling a fetus forms inside the body of a patient. The mass begins as a normal foetus, but becomes enveloped inside its twin since birth. At other points, it develops in form a tumour and resemble like a foetus.

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