A four –month-old infant in Maryland was found with a teeth form in his brain as a result of a specific type of rare brain tumor.
Doctors first suspected something might be wrong when the child’s head appeared to be growing faster than is typical for children his age. A brain scan however revealed a tumor containing structures that looked very similar to teeth normally found in the lower jaw.
The child underwent brain surgery to have the tumor removed, during which doctors found that the tumor contained several fully formed teeth, according to the report. [14 Oddest Medical Cases]
The boy is doing well as doctors continue to question the rare condition.
Researchers had always imagined that these tumors form from the same cells involved in making teeth. Until now however , doctors had never seen actual teeth in these tumors, said Dr. Narlin Beaty, a neurosurgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center, who performed the boy’s surgery along with his colleague, Dr. Edward Ahn, of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.