Doctors in China were stunned recently when an 87 year-old woman walked into their hospital with an apparent horn growing out of her head.
The doctors diagnosed Liang Xiuzhen of Sichuan with a “cutaneous horn,” a condition so painful that it makes it impossible for the elderly woman to sleep. According to Daily Mail, Xiuzhen has had the growth for two years, and it’s still growing.
The elderly woman reportedly first developed a black mole eight years ago in the area where the horn now is. When it started itching, Xiuzhen’s family began treating it with herbal remedies, which worked for awhile.
However, two years ago, the mole split open and the horn started to grow. At first, it was the size of a small finger and was only an inch long, but it quickly grew…
“We went to the hospital and the doctors couldn’t diagnose the growth,” the elderly woman’s son, Wang Zhaojun, recounted. “My mother doesn’t like going to the hospital because she thinks that she won’t be able to come back home if she goes.”
Earlier this year, Zhaojun was washing his hair when he accidentally “knocked off” the horn. Unfortunately, another growth quickly formed, and this one grew even faster than the first. In only six months, it has grown to five inches in length and two inches in diameter.
The skin around the horn is raw and red, and blood often seeps through.
“At the moment it’s just painful,” Xiuzhen lamented. “Sometimes it’s so painful it will wake me up from sleep.”
Doctors can usually remove cutaneous horns depending on the fitness of the patient, but they are reluctant to do so in this case due to Xiuzhen’s advanced age. Doctors are also worried that the growth is cancerous, since it has been growing so quickly.
Wang Zhaojun is now just hoping he can convince his mother to accept treatment, should it become available.