Shocking ... Zhang Ruifang has horn growth
AN elderly Chinese woman has shocked friends and family by growing a devil-like HORN from the top of her head.
The strange growth began appearing on 101-year-old Zhang Ruifang's forehead last year.
Since then it has reached more than two inches long — and a matching horn looks to be appearing on the other side.
Worrying ... horn is 6cm long
The grandmother's condition has left her family in Linlou Village, Henan province, baffled and worried.
The youngest of her six sons, Zhang Guozheng, 60, said when a patch of rough skin formed on her forehead last year "we didn't pay too much attention to it".
Mr Zhang, whose eldest brother and sibling is 82-years-old, added: "But as time went on a horn grew out of her head and it is now 6cm long.
"Now something is also growing on the right side of her forehead. It's quite possible that it's another horn."
Although it is unknown what the growth is, it resembles a cutaneous horn.
This is a funnel-shaped growth and although most are only a few millimetres in length, some can extend a number of inches from the skin.
The growths are most common in elderly people, aged between 60 and the mid-70s.
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Baby born with tail
Surgeons in China have operated to remove a five inch tail from a four-month-old baby girl.
The little girl, called Hong Hong, was born with the tail but it had since doubled in size, reports the Anhui Market Daily.
Her father, Hou, of Lixing town in eastern China's Anhui province, said he had been "shocked" to see the tail at birth.
"I wanted to cut it off when she was born, but doctors suggested we wait some time, as a newborn is too weak to take such a surgery," he said.
He checked the tail each day, hoping it would get smaller but instead it just "grew bigger and bigger", he added.
Doctors at the Anhui Provincial Children's Hospital said they too had been surprised by the case.
"It's very rare, about one in a million. We have never seen anything like this before," said Dr Sun Jun.
X-rays had shown that the tail was connected to a fatty tumor within the spinal column.
Dr Sun said the surgery had been successful, but it was still too early to say whether further treatment would be necessary.
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