Saturday, April 18, 2009

Chinese Woman Grows Big Horn on Her Head

A 101-year-old woman in China has shocked friends and family after growing a devil-like horn on her forehead.

Zhang Ruifang, of Linlou Village in Henan Province, claims the strange growth first appeared only last year and has since expanded to be more than two inches long. Now it looks like another one may be sprouting on the other side of her head.

Her youngest son, 60-year-old Zhang Guozheng, said when a patch of rough skin formed on her forehead “we didn’t pay too much attention to it.”

“But as time went on a horn grew out of her head and it is now 6cm long,” he said.

Although it is unknown what the growth is, it resembles a cutaneous horn.

These are unusual keratinous skin tumors with the appearance of horns, or sometimes of wood or coral. The cause is still unknown, however it is believed that significant sun exposure can trigger the condition.

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