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Medical Mystery in China: Doctors Stunned by Woman’s Abdominal Testicle


In a rare medical anomaly, a 27-year-old woman in China perplexed a team of doctors when they discovered a testicle within her body. Gynecologist Duan Jie, encountering this exceptional case during a routine medical examination, classified it as a rarity, occurring in just 1 in 50,000 newborns.

The woman, identified as Li Yuan, presented an intriguing combination of male sex chromosomes and female hormones, a condition known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Despite outwardly manifesting as female, Li possessed male sex chromosomes, prompting Duan to elucidate, “Socially, Li is female. But chromosomally, she is male.”

Li’s medical history uncovered concerns stemming from her absence of menstruation and delayed breast development, which had troubled her since turning 18. Subsequent medical tests revealed irregular hormone levels and potential ovarian failure, indicative of underlying complexities.

The revelation suggested a genetic predisposition, with Li’s parents potentially carrying recessive genes responsible for such disorders. Regrettably, Li had not undergone treatment at the onset, exacerbating her condition and leading to additional complications, including a deficiency in vitamin D.

Doctors cautioned Li about the heightened risk of cancer should the hidden testicle remain untreated. Consequently, a decision was made to perform surgery to remove the testicle from Li’s abdomen, a procedure deemed imperative for her health and well-being.

The successful surgery alleviated Li’s medical concerns and mitigated the potential risks associated with her condition. However, the case underscored the importance of timely medical intervention and genetic counseling, particularly in instances of rare and complex medical anomalies like Li’s.

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