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A brain tumor in an infant was found to contain teeth. One the left, a brain scan of the boy's tumor. On the right, an image of the teeth that were removed during brain surgery. Credit: The New England Journal of Medicine ©2014

[caption id="attachment_80373" align="alignright" width="575"]A brain tumor in an infant was found to contain teeth. One the left, a brain scan of the boy's tumor. On the right, an image of the teeth that were removed during brain surgery. Credit: The New England Journal of Medicine ©2014 A brain tumor in an infant was found to contain teeth. One the left, a brain scan of the boy's tumor. On the right, an image of the teeth that were removed during brain surgery.
Credit: The New England Journal of Medicine ©2014[/caption]Surgeons Find Teeth Inside Infant Boy's Brain Tumor

The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, contains a report about a recent surgery on a four month old boy to remove a craniopharyngioma tumor from the infant's brain.

It is rare for this type of tumor to be found in a child as young as this. Doctors say it is usually found in children between the ages of 5 and 14. What was even more unique is that surgeons were able to extricate three fully formed teeth from the tumor. In fact, their pre-surgery X-rays indicated the tumor contained what appeared to be teeth and for good reason: it did.

Craniopharyngioma tumors contain calcium and apparently were able to spawn the creation of teeth which would normally be found on a person's lower jaw.

The operation was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center and in the words of Dr. Narlin Beaty, a hospital neurosurgeon, the discovery of teeth within a craniopharyngioma is "unheard of". Previous to this find, teeth had only been found within teratomas tumors. The formation of those teeth was attributed to similarities between the tumor and the tissues found in the early development stages of the human embryo.

As for the boy, he is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. The tumor was extricated, but not without leaving permanent damage to certain hormone delivering nerves from the pituitary gland. As a result, the boy will need to ingest certain life sustaining hormones for the duration of his existence.

On balance, the boy and his family have a lot to be grateful for. Dr. Beaty admitted that the boy would certainly have perished as a result of so large a tumor in his brain. Recent advancements in neurosurgery have made the removal of such tumors a possibility.

the tumor had teeth story isn't the first strange dental oddity to pup up in the news lately.

Last year, Ian Tibbetts, a 43 mechanic from the U.K. who originally damaged his eye when a metal sliced his cornea, is now able to see thanks to a surgical procedure that placed teeth into his eye.

News.Com.Au explained the complex procedure:

The complex surgery is a two-part procedure. First, the tooth and part of the jaw are removed, and a lens is inserted into the tooth using a drill. The tooth and lens are then implanted under the eye socket. After a few months, once the tooth has grown tissues and developed a blood supply, comes the second step: part of the cornea is sliced open and removed and the tooth is stitched into the eye socket. Since the tooth is the patient’s own tissue, the body does not reject it.

[caption id="attachment_71436" align="aligncenter" width="634"]Ian Tibbett has sight restored through tooth in eye Ian Tibbett has sight restored through tooth in eye[/caption]

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