Brazilian doctors were taken aback when they delivered a baby girl and discovered a six-centimeter tumor protruding from her spine. A baby girl, now three years old, was diagnosed with a medical abnormality, according to the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports.
The girl was born with spina bifida, a birth defect caused by an incorrectly formed spinal cord, according to the study. As a result of the disease, her spine developed a gap, which most likely contributed to the tail’s growth. Surgeons performed an emergency operation to remove the skin-covered appendage growing on her back.
According to the case study’s authors, the child was delivered via cesarean at term, and the mother had no prior history of drug use or illness. During the child’s examination, the doctors noticed a soft tissue tail growing where the spine and pelvis meet. According to the study’s authors, “the physical examination revealed a 6 cm skin-covered soft tissue tail emerging from the lumbosacral area.”
A tiny spine breach with a fibrous cable, a multi-layered tissue channel, and a local dermal sinus were discovered during an MRI of the infant.
“The connecting cord was missing. The case was identified as a human pseudo-tail after a spinal dysraphism was discovered “They stated.
The baby had a cerebrospinal fluid leak after the procedure, which was detected by a wet surgical site and a partially opened suture. Her wound was kept dry and clean while she was given intravenous antibiotics while being held in a lateral position.
The operation had no long-term consequences for the child, who is now three years old.
The following were mentioned by the authors: “The patient is now three years old and is being closely monitored for the foreseeable future. During this time, she experienced three episodes of urinary tract infection, all of which were successfully treated with antibiotics.”
The girl can now walk with ease and has no complications from the operation.