Twin Found in Woman’s Brain

American surgeons have removed an “ evil twin” from an Indian woman’s brain.


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A scan of Karanam’s brain highlighting the “evil twin” tumor.
Photo credit: Skull Base Institute, Los Angeles.

26 year old Indian born Yamini Karanam studying in Indianpolis had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. But when doctors at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles started surgery to remove the tumor they discovered something much weirder – a clump of bone hair and teeth.

Yamini Karanam who had an "evil twin" growing in her brain.
Yamini Karanam who had an “evil twin” growing in her brain.

Katanam’s tumor was what is known as a teratoma – it’s the remains of another embryo – her “twin” – that had developed along side Karanam while in her mother’s womb.

The teratoma was successfully removed by Dr Hrayr Shahinian, and he expects Karanam a Phd student at Indiana University’s School of Informatics, to make a full recovery.

“This is my second one,” he said of the teratoma, “and I’ve probably taken out 7,000 or 8,000 brain tumors.”

Karanam told NBC 4 that when she woke in the hospital, she was shocked to learn that her tumor wasn’t just a lump of malignant cells, but her “evil twin sister who’s been torturing me for the past 26 years.”

Teratomas can grow in other places in the body: Sanju Bhagat had a twin growing in his stomach.

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