Woman’s ‘Brain Tumor’ Is Actually Her Evil Embryonic Twin Complete With Hair And Teeth


Cass Anderson

An Indiana woman underwent a non-invasive keyhole surgery to have a suspected brain tumor removed, but upon digging around in her skull Dr. Hrayr Shahinian found the woman’s embryonic twin lodged on her brain complete with teeth, hair, and bones. Right about now you’re probably asking yourself if those hangovers you’ve been getting are caused by dehydration or your evil twin who has leeched himself onto your brain and is pissed off he didn’t make it out of the womb.

The woman who went under the knife to remove a supposed brain tumor is Yamini Karanam, 26, and she’s a Ph.D. student at the University of Indiana who first consulted doctors after noticing her reading comprehension had taken a nosedive, and she was having trouble remembering things. After consulting both neurologists and neurosurgeons alike, Yamini Karanam found Dr. Hrayr Shahinian at the Skullbase Institute in L.A., who has pioneered the key-hole strategy for detecting and extracting brain tumors. After going under the knife Dr. Hrayr Shahinian discovered the embryonic twin (known as a teratoma) attached to Yamini’s brain, but the doctor wasn’t too shocked because this was actually the SECOND TIME in his career that he’d found an evil twin attached to a patient’s brain. If you’re interested a seeing picture of the brain tumor scroll down to the bottom, but they maybe a little too bloody for some of you to stomach!

NBC News has the story:


Yamini Karanam, 26, was unaware of what was happening in her head until she underwent a procedure designed to reach deep into the brain to extract the tumor. After waking up from the surgery, Karanam was surprised to learn of the “teratoma” — her embryonic twin, a rarity in modern medicine, complete with bone, hair and teeth.
Karanam realized last September that something wasn’t registering in her mind. The Indiana University Ph.D. student was experiencing trouble comprehending things she read.
“Problems with reading comprehension, listening comprehension. If a couple people were talking in a room, I wouldn’t understand what was happening,” Karanam said.
…Her own research led her to Dr. Hrayr Shahinian at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles. Shahinian developed a minimally-invasive way of reaching deep into the brain to extract tumors.
Karanam awoke to learn what was causing her all that trouble in Indiana. She lightheartedly called the tumor her “evil twin sister who’s been torturing me for the past 26 years.”
“This is my second one, and I’ve probably taken out 7,000 or 8,000 brain tumors,” Shahinian said.
Shahinian said his fear was that tumor may be cancerous. Pathologists, though, determined that not to be the case and Karanam is expected to make a full recovery in only three weeks.

Could you imagine living for 26 years only to find out that you had an evil-mutha-fuckin’ twin attached to your brain that’s been trying to suck up your life juice all along? And that the twin was so powerful it’d grown bones, teeth, and hair?

Just let that sink in: teeth and hair attached to your brain via your evil twin. Also, that picture above is actually an MRI scan of my brain and not Yamini Karanam’s. But doesn’t my brain look awesome?

I’m not saying you should go get that headache checked out RIGHT NOW, but you should probably go get that headache checked out RIGHT NOW.

[DeathAndTaxes via NBC News]

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