A Malaysian woman developed ‘ram’s horns’ on one of her breasts after an ‘extremely rare’ case of viral warts.
The 63-year-old, who wasn’t identified, told doctors the growths had spontaneously appeared on the left side of her chest two years ago.
By the time she went to hospital they had grown to around 5cm (2inch) in length and had become itchy.
The woman was told she had cutaneous horns (CH), which occur due to a build-up of keratin, a protein in hair, skin and nails.
Doctors believe the horns formed as the result of a skin infection after tests ruled out cancer. But exactly how is ‘still a mystery’.
Doctors at the Hospital Queen Elizabeth 2 in Kota Kinabalu surgically removed the horns and the patient made a full recovery.
The tale was revealed in a case report published in the journal the Annals of Medicine and Surgery.