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suggestion by Kaol

(, Thu 3 Jul 2008, 10:03)
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Tiny Hair and Tiny Teeth
When i was a toddler I almost died from a huge tumour in my chest. Luckily all worked out and the bugger was removed and I went on to live a pretty normal life.
Cue me in my 20's chatting to my mum about an article I'd read about a boy who 'gave birth' to his twin which he'd absorbed in the womb.

Mum pipes up 'you were one of those...sort of'.

She went on to regail me with the tale that the tumour I had taken out had 'features' such as tiny teeth and bits of hair - there's even a pathology report detailing these delights (mine was a rare type of tumour in the first place).

Given the fact that my father is an identical twin and my mother is a fraternal twin the general thought is that i was the stronger one of a set of twins and I absorbed my weaker sibling in utero and his/her remains became a tumour in my chest.

I just hope to god that i'm not the evil twin a la Bart/Hugo Simpson .....

(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 17:22, 7 replies)
Reminds me of the book/movie, 'The Dark Half'. That was a good one.
(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 17:32, closed)
Not necessarily an absorbed twin...
Theres' a type of tumour called a teratoma that often contain hair & teeth etc. They often get mistaken for actual fetus in fetu, which is the condition you've described.

Still, interesting story though.
(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 18:23, closed)
What would *really* be creepy
is if they removed it, then found that it had been trying to chew its way out.

I think there's a short story idea there...
(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 18:30, closed)
A bit like Richard E Grant in How To Get Ahead in Advertising..
but slightly different.

Creepy D:
(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 18:52, closed)
Teratomas are great
Hairy cysts in ovaries!

Also, the 'absorbed twin' explanation for fetus in fetu is a bit controversial anyway - even so, I don't think your tumour was quite up to this standard:

A mature teratoma was identified in a two-month-old girl who was operated for a sacrococcygeal mass. The cystic components of the mass were accidentally opened during surgery, and a solid, rudimentary organ resembling a heart emerged. It had a vascular pedicle and a pulsation like cardiac activity different from the infant's heart rate. The mass was totally excised together with the coccyx, and in histological examinations, it was diagnosed as a mature teratoma and a rudimentary heart.

(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 19:10, closed)
Much the same thing happened to me as a teenager.
Only it was a third boob in my armpit.
(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 19:21, closed)
Too bad you had it removed- you could have made some money on the side...

(, Tue 8 Jul 2008, 19:23, closed)

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