23-year-old Nagabhushanam Siva had a bulging tumor near her left eye. Surgeons at a Chennai hospital, who operated on it were shocked to find two fully formed teeth within the tumor called as a teratoma.
"I was born with an abnormal left eye and it continued to swell over the years. My family was too scared to send me to a doctor. And during the last few years it has grown much bigger. I had blurred vision so eventually I consulted a doctor for help," Nagabhushanam revealed.
AdvertisementDr K Vasantha, the director of the government hospital in Chennai said that the growing tumor had damaged the optic nerve and had left the young women without eyesight. "A teratoma is a mass of tissue that contains cysts and sometimes contains hard tissues but fully grown teeth is so very rare," she added.
Teratomas around the orbital region of the eye are very rare and only 70 such cases have been reported globally.