Stunned doctors found hair and teeth inside a woman’s brain

By Drum Digital
23 April 2015

Medical doctors were baffled over what could be causing the PhD student's health problems.

After going to several doctors Yamini Karanam (26) became more and more frustrated with their contradictory diagnoses so eventually her own research led her to Dr Hrayr Shahinian at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles.

After carrying out keyhole surgery, doctors found a teratoma – a tumour consisting of tissues not normally found at the growth site – complete with hair and teeth. After surgery the PhD student, at Indiana University, US, was shocked to learn of the teratoma  – her embryonic twin with bone, hair and teeth. Yamini says she only realised something was wrong in September last year when she started experiencing trouble taking in what she was reading.

She told NBC: "Problems with reading comprehension, listening comprehension. If a couple people were talking in a room, I wouldn't understand what was happening."

Yamini said jokingly: "It's my evil twin who's been torturing me for the past 26 years." Yamini also said that he has only come across two teratomas in 8 000 brain tumour operations.

Despite losing her "sibling",Yamini is expected to make a full recovery.


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