Four-inch devil horn growth had to be removed from a mans head

The growth was removed with a sterile razor
The growth was removed with a sterile razer (Picture: Goal Post Media/SWNS)

Surgeons operated to remove a four-inch devil horn from the top of a mans head.

Shyam Lal Yadav, 74, said the protruding horn started growing around five years ago, after he bumped his head.

At first, it was kept under control by his barber.

But the farmer said it soon became hard and got so long he had to seek help from doctors.

The growth – called a sebaceous horn – is understood to be made of keratin, found in toenails and human hair.

Neurosurgeons at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city, India, removed the lump and he is now recovering.

Gut-wrenching photos show how a huge four-inch devil horn growth had to be removed from a man's head. See SWNS story SWOChorn. The astonishing unicorn-like horn had been growing for five years after starting out as just a lump on the head. It has been growing in size since 2014 on the top of 74-year-old farmer, Shyam Lal Yadav's, head. Shyam, from Rahli village in Madhya Pradesh, India, developed the gruesome growth following an injury which led to the formation of a rare sebaceous horn (devil?s horn). The benign legion sprouted from his head and over time has grown in size to the point where it towered above his skull. It's made out of keratin, found in toenails and human hair, and has been kept under relative control by Shyam's barber. But the growth became too aggressive - and possibly malignant - so doctors decided to chop it off. The operation was performed at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city, India, after Shyam approached the government-run Medical College Hospital for help.
Shyam before the surgery (Picture: Goal Post Media/SWNS)
Gut-wrenching photos show how a huge four-inch devil horn growth had to be removed from a man's head. See SWNS story SWOChorn. The astonishing unicorn-like horn had been growing for five years after starting out as just a lump on the head. It has been growing in size since 2014 on the top of 74-year-old farmer, Shyam Lal Yadav's, head. Shyam, from Rahli village in Madhya Pradesh, India, developed the gruesome growth following an injury which led to the formation of a rare sebaceous horn (devil?s horn). The benign legion sprouted from his head and over time has grown in size to the point where it towered above his skull. It's made out of keratin, found in toenails and human hair, and has been kept under relative control by Shyam's barber. But the growth became too aggressive - and possibly malignant - so doctors decided to chop it off. The operation was performed at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city, India, after Shyam approached the government-run Medical College Hospital for help.
The operation taking place (Picture: Goal Post Media/SWNS)

Surgeon Dr Vishal Gajbhiye said: Around five years ago the patient had hurt his head after which a lump started growing.

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Initially, he ignored it as it did not cause any discomfort. Also, he got the growth cut by the local barber.

But, when the lump hardened and started growing further, he approached the hospital at Sagar.

In medical term, this type of rare growth is called sebaceous horn (devils horn).

As the horn is composed of keratin, the same material found in fingernails, the horn can usually be removed with a sterile razor.

However, the underlying condition will still need to be treated.

Gut-wrenching photos show how a huge four-inch devil horn growth had to be removed from a man's head. See SWNS story SWOChorn. The astonishing unicorn-like horn had been growing for five years after starting out as just a lump on the head. It has been growing in size since 2014 on the top of 74-year-old farmer, Shyam Lal Yadav's, head. Shyam, from Rahli village in Madhya Pradesh, India, developed the gruesome growth following an injury which led to the formation of a rare sebaceous horn (devil?s horn). The benign legion sprouted from his head and over time has grown in size to the point where it towered above his skull. It's made out of keratin, found in toenails and human hair, and has been kept under relative control by Shyam's barber. But the growth became too aggressive - and possibly malignant - so doctors decided to chop it off. The operation was performed at Bhagyoday Tirth Hospital in Sagar city, India, after Shyam approached the government-run Medical College Hospital for help.
The growth was found to be benign (Picture: Goal Post Media/SWNS)