A baby in Iraq is the first in the world to be born with three penises, doctors claim. The youngster has a rare condition called triphallia, which has never been reported before.
Doctors in the north of the country, near Mosul, believe they are the first to ever publish a study detailing a case of human triphallia – in which someone has three penises.
Only one was functional so the other two — attached to the shaft of his actual penis and bottom of his scrotum — were surgically removed, Daily Mail Online report.
The baby was reported to have been born three months ago in Duhok, Iraq. The condition is called triphallia.
According to the doctors, his parents discovered “two skin projections” at the base of his scrotum after which they took him to the hospital. The doctors were baffled when they discovered that they were penises
The team, led by Dr Shakir Saleem Jabali, wrote in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports: “Triphallia (three penises) is unreported condition in human until now.
“Patients with supernumerary penises have unique presentation and no cases are identical.
“Treatment is difficult because it poses medical, ethical, and cosmetic aspects. A combined multidisciplinary team is required for the management and long term follow up is required.
“Excision or reconstruction of the duplicate penis is required depending on the corporal development and anatomy of the urethra.”
Diphallia, a condition where a child is born with two penises, affects one in six million boys.
It was first reported in 1609 by Swiss doctor Johannes Jacob Wecker when he analysed a cadaver.
Since then, only around 1,000 cases have been reported. The condition is not a danger in itself, but can lead to health complications. People with diphallia often experience other congenital defects, including digestive and urinary tract problems.