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Surgeons remove teeth from baby’s brain

By Mason White 10:32 AM March 2, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) Doctors were shocked to find several teeth inside a baby boy’s brain, the New England Journal of Medicine reported.

Surgeons at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland, said that they have removed a rare tumor that contained several teeth that were well developed from the brain of a baby.

The tumor was removed from a four month old boy of West Virginia, after a doctor noticed that his head was unusually large for his age. The discovery could one day help researchers trying to cure diseases or grow new organs.

The tumor that was removed from the child is called a craniopharyngioma, a rare mass found primarily in young children that can press against the pituitary gland and the optic nerve, and can put pressure on the brain. Only five other cases of teeth in tumors were ever reported.

The baby’s mother said that she took her son to the pediatrician after the baby suffered from nasal congestion. Doctors discovered that the baby’s head had grown significantly from two weeks before, when it was measured during a routine visit.

An ultrasound and CT scan revealed a large tumor, which doctors said they had to remove with surgery. “The tumor was very large and the baby was so small,” a doctor close to the case said.

“To do this kind of surgery on a four-month-old baby is very risky, but something had to be done immediately,” the doctor added.