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Foot on the Brain


A pediatric neurosurgeon says a tumor he removed from the brain of a Colorado Springs infant contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts.
Grabb said that while removing the growth, he discovered it contained a nearly perfect foot and the formation of another foot, a hand and a thigh.

"It looked like the breach delivery of a baby, coming out of the brain," Grabb said. "To find a perfectly formed structure (like this) is extremely unique, unusual, borderline unheard of."


The growth may also have been a case of "fetus in fetu" -- in which a fetal twin begins to form within another -- but such cases very rarely occur in the brain, Grabb said.

By min | December 18, 2008, 2:31 PM | Science | Comments (2)| Link

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