Woman’s Brain Tumor Was Actually Her Undeveloped Twin With Hair And Teeth

In a story that will haunt you the next time you’re feeling run down and headachy, an Indianapolis woman studying computer science recently had surgery to remove what doctors believed to be a tumor causing both intense headaches and lethargy.

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Yamini Karanam was so exhausted that at one point she “slept for two weeks straight.” What followed was visits to many different doctors until one seemed to discover the cause, a cyst in her pineal gland located deep within the brain.

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But doctors felt that the cyst (or tumor) likely couldn’t be removed because of where it was. That’s when her friends stepped in to raise over $30,000 for a risky surgery to have it removed. Only Hrayr Shahinian, a doctor specializing in a very specific kind of surgery believed he could do it but once the surgery was underway they made a very, very creepy discovery. This was no cyst.

Ovarian teratoma via Wiki Commons
Ovarian teratoma via Wiki Commons

It was what’s known as a Teratoma , complete with bone, hair, and teeth. Many scientists believe that Teratoma’s are essentially undeveloped twins who are absorbed by a person in utero. Doctor Shahinian notes that they’re rare and that out of the 7 to 8,000 tumors he’s removed this was only the second Teratoma he’d seen.

Karanam’s surgery was 100% successful and she’s since made a full recovery. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

h/t Washington Post 

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