Baby born with three penises in ‘world first’ leaves doctors stunned

A baby boy in Iraq is believed to be the first-ever to be born with three penises, doctors claim.

Medics in the north of the country, near Mosul, believe they are the first to ever publish a study on a case of what is known as human triphallia, where 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.

The unidentified boy was just three months old when the tale was first published, MailOnline reported.

Doctors say one in every five to six million boys is born with more than one penis, with around 100 cases of diphallia recorded worldwide, where the patient has two penises.

But the Iraqi boy is believed to be a world-first, according to the case published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.

The boy's parents took him into hospital due to swelling in his scrotum, but doctors quickly noticed he had two extra penises.

They examined whether the child had been exposed to drugs during pregnancy or if he had a family history of genetic abnormalities but neither were the case.

Experts decided surgery was the best option and no problems were found on a follow-up a year after the operation according to Dr Shakir Saleem Jabali, the report's author.

Scientists are still baffled by the "unique" case.

Writing in the journal, Dr Jabali said: "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case with three penises or triphallia.

"No similar case is present in literature in human beings."

The condition is associated with other abnormalities, including being born with two scrotums or anuses.

There have been reports of boys being able to urinate and ejaculate out of both penises, but in the case of the Iraqi boy the extra penises were non-functional, making for a less complicated surgery.

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