Woman Grows Horns
Condition Known as Cutaneous Horn
A 101-year-old Woman Grows Horns
Zhang Ruifang, of Linlou village, in central Chinas Henan
province, noticed a small lump on her forehead last year.
is now six centimeters long and a small lump has now appeared on the
other side of her forehead.
Her youngest son, Zhang Guozheng, 60,
said the horn started as a patch of thick, rough skin on the left side
of her forehead.
We didn't pay too much attention to it at first,
he said. But as time went on it just grew and grew. And now there
is something growing on the right side of her forehead and it seems
quite possible that its another horn.
Zhang has seven children
six boys and a girl and many grandchildren. Her eldest son is
The family live in a rural area and don't have the
money to send her to hospital but they say she is in no pain and enjoys
a peaceful life.
The condition is known as a cutaneous horn, which
is an uncommon deformity. Composed of keratin, these horns usually
develop in elderly adults, particularly those who have had a history of
Still, a growth of this size is rare. In more than half of
the cases, they are benign but they can be cancerous. The horns can be
surgically removed but without treating their cause, they may return.