Neurosurgeons successfully took away the seven inch growth - the longest 'human tail' ever recorded. According to medical literature, human tail or vestigial tail is a very rare congenital deformity. Since there have been 23 true vestigial tails reported. They may be associated with other abnormalities. Vestigial tails contain adipose and connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves and are covered by skin.
Human tail is a curiosity, a cosmetic stigma and presents as an appendage in the lumbosacral region. Six patients of tail in the lumbosacral region are presented here to discuss the spectrum of presentation of human tails. The embryology, pathology and treatment of this entity are discussed along with a brief review of the literature. Human tails are a rare entity. The birth of a baby with a tail can cause tremendous psychological disturbance to the parents.
But very rarely a human is born with an actual extra appendage that is generally considered a vestigial tail. During fetal development, the human embryo at about the 5th week has a tail that usually disappears by the 8th week, being absorbed by the growing embryo. However, for a rare few, the tail is not absorbed and persists through birth. Typically for those exceptionally few born with tails , the appendage in question is comprised of adipose and connective tissue, bundles of striated muscle and even nerves and blood vessels. Noticeably absent from even a vestigial tail, however, are any sign of vertebrae or controlled movement.
Arshid Ali Khan was born with a seven-inch fleshy 'tail' growing from his back, but he just wanted to be a normal kid - and now he can be. A boy who was born with a tail which gave rise to him being worshipped as a god has had his extra part removed - so he can finally walk properly. Arshid Ali Khan, who is just 14, has spent his short life being prayed to in his own temple with visitors often leaving cash or gifts in return for a blessing. They believed the youngster - called Balaji to his devotees - was the reincarnation of Hindu monkey god Hanuman. The boy was born with a seven-inch fleshy 'tail' growing from his back, but doctors at Fortis Hospital Mohali in Punjab have removed it, free of charge in a seven-hour operation to help him walk better in the future.