Diphallia is the kind of condition that, once you hear what it is, you’ll think someone is totally pulling your leg. However, doctors have verified on multiple occasions — as has the website IFLScience — that it’s not just a “tabloid” headline but a real thing.
It’s a condition in which a male child is born with more than one penis. There have been cases in the past — including this NSFW photograph (click, then scroll down) — where a guy was born with two penises, but not three.
Daily News and Analysis reports speaking to doctors at the Sion Hospital in Mumbai. They confirmed the now two-year-old’s condition, and said that the child underwent a six-hour corrective surgery on both of the health issues.
Dr. Paras Kothari was one of the physicians spoken to, and he said this particular child did have diphallia, and that in this case, it meant three male sex organs — two functional, adding that he could “pass urine through only one of them.”
Two of the penises could function sexually. They were connected by a soft, bony mass that was removed in the operation along with the third “rudimentary” penis.
As for the issue of not being able to pass feces through a functional anus, the site spoke to Dr. Vishesh Dixit, pediatric surgeon at the hospital, who said that two years ago, after the child’s birth, “the doctors in Uttar Pradesh had created an incision on the lower left side of his stomach, in a procedure called Colostomy, to let the excreta pass through a tube.”
That tube was attached to a bag that would collect waste and, of course, have to be changed out.
But during the operation, Dixit said, “two functional penises were fused into one, by wrapping a mass of skin around them.”
“Further,” he added, “an anal path was created through the boy’s rectum to facilitate the passage of excreta.”
A second operation will be required at the end of this month to close the initial incision once it’s been determined the anus is healed and functioning properly.
The site reports the diphallia condition is “extremely rare” and that there are only around 100 cases reported in medical literature since 1609.
That would make two such cases of diphallia — remember the guy linked to above? — in the same generational timeframe particularly remarkable, except it’s probable the condition has occurred more than 100 times and simply gone unreported.
Share your thoughts on diphallia below — how would you handle it, and would you consider it a blessing or a curse?
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