Woman grows 6cm horn on forehead [pic]

A 101-year-old woman in China has baffled doctors after growing a huge goat-like horn on her forehead.

Zhang Ruifang claims the growth first appeared only last year and has since expanded to be more than 6cm long, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reports. [via ninemsn]

PHOTOS: Woman's horn stuns family

Now her family in Linlou, Henan province, are concerned about a second mark on the other side of her forehead.

"[At first] we didn’t pay too much attention to it," said Mrs Zhang’s youngest son Zhang Guozheng.

"Now something is also growing on the right side of her forehead — it’s quite possible that it’s another horn."

Mrs Zhang’s growth has not been officially diagnosed but the newspaper said it was most likely an extreme version of a cutaneous horn.

Cutaneous horns are made up of keratin — the protein found in fingernails — and are typically seen in elderly people who have had prolonged exposure to sunlight.

But the growths are usually only a few millimetres in length.

Cutaneous horns can be surgically removed but there is no way to cure the condition, meaning they may grow back.

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