Malaysian woman develops a 5cm horn on her chest and has it surgically removed – Reuters

After a ‘very unusual’ attack of viral warts, a Malaysian woman developed ‘ram’s horns’ on one of her breasts. The 63-year-old, who prefers to remain anonymous, said that two years ago, the growth on the left side of her chest had started appearing spontaneously.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, she had grown to about 5 cm (2 inches) in length and by the time she went to the hospital, she had started itching. The woman was diagnosed with cutaneous horn (CH), which is caused by excess keratin, a protein found in hair, skin and nails.

The Malaysian woman went to the doctor with a horn-like growth that caused her intermittent burning. According to the scan, the tumors had developed on the surface of the skin and had not reached the breast tissue. There were no signs of swelling or pain, so doctors were confident it was not cancer. The doctors removed the horn on the patient’s bedside and sent samples to test the disease, which came negative.

After tests ruled out lethality, doctors believe the hornets to be from a skin infection. However how still remains a mystery. The horn was medically removed by doctors at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Kota Kinabalu and the patient made a full recovery. The story was revealed in a case report published in the journal Annals of Medicine and Surgery.

“The dermal horns usually appear as extended extensions ranging from a few millimeters to a few centimeters,” the doctors wrote in the article. “It is also called the ram’s horn. It develops slowly over time.”

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