A man has suddenly started sprouting what is known as a devils horn right out of the middle of his head after a minor accident.
Shyam Lal Yadav, 74, said the unicorn-like horn started growing around five years ago after he bumped his head.
Yadav said that growth had been previously kept under control by his barber who cuts his hair by trimming it down.
But the elderly farmer said it soon became hard and grew so long he had to seek help from surgeons.
The growth, called a sebaceous horn, is a tumour – often benign – that forms from the keratin in the skin and nails.
They typically grow on the face, hands, ears and nails – and in rarer cases they have been found to grow on a man’s penis.
Surgeon Dr Vishal Gajbhiye said: “Around five years ago the patient had hurt his head after which a lump started growing.
“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 (devil’s horn).
“As the horn is composed of keratin, the same material found in fingernails, the horn can usually be removed with a sterile razor.
“The sebaceous horns are predominantly benign lesions however the possibility of malignant potential should always be kept in mind.
“Treatments vary, but they can include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
“Immediately after its removal, skin was grafted on the wound which has now healed completely.”