May 26, 2017

Doctors remove teeth from baby’s brain

Doctors remove teeth from baby’s brain

A 4-month-old infant started to grow teeth in the most unusual and unexpected place — his brain tumor. The boy, who underwent brain surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma. This brain tumor most commonly occurs in children but can also be found in men and women.

The benign tumor develops near the pituitary gland, which is a small endocrine gland at the base of the brain. Upon removing the tumor, Drs. Narlin Beaty and Edward Ahn, physicians at University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, found multiple teeth forming inside the brain, according to the case report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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