A team of neurosurgeons operated the 18-year-old boy at the government Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) in Nagpur and have successfully removed 18-cm long human 'tail',from the posterior end of the body on the back.
Boy's parents brought him to SSH after the painit became unbearable for him and was unable to sleep or sit properly.
The head of the neurosurgery department and the team, Dr Pramod Giri on Tuesday said though the family knew about this unusual growth, they did not see a doctor due to the social stigma and superstition attached to it. Besides, it was not affecting his health anyway.
"Generally, the defect is detected very early as it is present from birth and since it grows with age it cannot remain undetected. But the parents as well as the child hid the fact all these years. The defect can be surgically corrected within few months of birth," the doctors said.
"When the size of the tail grew and a bone developed inside it, the tail began to press on the boy's back. It was cosmetically and psychologically disturbing for him. Hence the parents approached us," Dr Giri explained.
"Though the surgery is not very demanding, it is done by a neurosurgeon as it involves a part of the spinal cord. It arises from a compression at the tail end of the back and is medically referred as the neuro-development abnormality. This case is very rare and calls for a presentation in a medical journal as the tail is apparently the longest recorded so far," Dr Giri claimed.
Dr Giri was assisted by two doctors from the neurosurgery department Dr Divik Mittal and Dr Vivek Agrawal and anesthetists Dr Lulu Fatema Vali, Dr Abhay Ganar and Dr Vaibhav Chouhan.
With PTI inputs