Throughout surgical procedure to take away a 16-year-old woman’s appendix, surgeons found a shock visitor— a tumor with a mind, hair and neurons that might transmit electrical impulses like a traditional mind.
The practically Four-inch-wide tumor additionally had a skinny plate of cranium bone overlaying the 1.18-inch mind, which included a tiny model of a cerebellum and a mass that resembled a mind stem.
Whereas it’s not unusual for mind cells to be present in ovarian teratomas— tumors that include overseas tissue together with hair, enamel, cartilage, fats and muscle— this affected person’s scenario was uncommon.
“Neural parts much like that of the central nervous system are regularly reported in ovarian teratomas, however buildings resembling the grownup mind are uncommon,” Angelique Riepsamen on the College of New South Wales in Australia, informed New Scientist.
It’s not identified what causes ovarian teratomas, however one concept is that immature cells flip rogue and produce completely different physique components, New Scientist reported.
Luckily, the unnamed affected person didn’t endure signs, however neurological signs can happen when the immune system labels the mind cells within the ovary as overseas and assaults— whereas additionally attacking the cells within the lady’s actual mind. Different instances have reported that girls with the bizarre tumors have developed character modifications, paranoid ideas, confusion, agitation, seizures or reminiscence loss.
Docs eliminated the tumor and the affected person is recovering.