Skip to main content

4-Month-Old Baby Found To Have Teeth Growing Inside Rare Brain Tumor (Graphic Photo)

A 4-month-old baby in Maryland was found to have several fully formed teeth growing inside a rare type of tumor in his brain.

It is believed that the baby’s case is the first in history.

The child underwent surgery to remove the tumor and teeth, which have since been sent to a pathologist, the New England Journal of Medicine reported.

It all started with a routine health check that showed the child’s head was growing rapidly.

The doctors had him get an MRI scan, which revealed a tumor in the baby’s pituitary gland, measuring 4.1 centimeters by 4 cm by 3.5 cm. The scan also showed that the tumor contained fully formed teeth to those found in the lower jaw.

Doctors determined that the tumor was a slow-growing mass known as adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma. It seemed to have grown out of the baby’s Rathke’s pouch, which is the pituitary gland’s embryonic precursor.

[Warning: The photo below the x-ray may be disturbing for some.]

“It’s not every day you see teeth in any type of tumor in the brain. In a craniopharyngioma, it’s unheard of,” Dr. Narlin Beaty, a neurosurgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center, who performed the surgery with his colleague, Dr. Edward Ahn, told Live Science.

He adds that craniopharyngiomas commonly contain calcium deposits, “but when we pulled out a full tooth...I think that’s something slightly different.”

The baby will now undergo thyroid and hormone treatments, but doctors say he is progressing well in the year since he underwent surgery.

“He's doing extremely well, all things considered,” Beaty said. “This was a big tumor right in the center of his brain. Before the moderate surgical era this child would not have survived.”

This is not the first time teeth have been found in people’s brains, according to The Independent.

[Warning: The photo below the x-ray may be disturbing for some.]

Image placeholder title
Image placeholder title


Popular Video