Sprouting horns

It’s strange but it’s not unknown or mysterious to have a horn-like growth.

Man saws down horn growing from neck.

An [sic] man who has lived with a thick horn growing from his neck for over 30 years said his greatest wish is to know what caused it, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reported.

Li Zhibing, 62-year-old resident of Shiyan, Hubei Province, explained friends use a saw to help him cut the horn to a nub twice a year, or else his neck becomes swollen and runs a fever if it grows too long.

For the past 35 years, Li has suspected it was the home remedy he used that caused the horn to grow.

Although it is unclear what is causing Li’s growth, it resembles a cutaneous horn.

Cutaneous horns (cornu cutaneum) are hard projections from the skin, made of keratin, resembling an animal’s horn. More common in older adults, they are most often not cancerous. They most often appear in fair-skinned people in areas of the skin exposed to sun so their cause is just odd cellular growth. However, in superstitious cultures, they will be given some symbolism or cause. The truth is, they just happen. It’s not a curse, it’s not from anything topical or ingested.

Here is a case of woman who had a horn grow from a skin burn.

This centarian had one growing in a devilish place from her head

Weird things happen.

Read more about cutaneous horns here and at Cutaneous horn. DermNet NZ.

Photo credit: Chutian Metropolis Daily

Photo credit: Chutian Metropolis Daily

  3 comments for “Sprouting horns

  1. April 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Looks a lot like the growths on Dede Kosawa, the “Treeman”.

  2. Mark Richards
    April 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    “For the past 35 years, Li has suspected it was the home remedy he used that caused the horn to grow.”

    It’s time to stop using that then, I would have thought.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    April 23, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    “Doctor! Help me! Every time I stick my fingers in my ears, I go deaf!”

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