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Diphallia, penile duplication (PD), diphallic terata, or diphallasparatus, is a rare medical condition in which a male infant is born with two penises. The first reported case was by Johannes Jacob Wecker in 1609 [1]. Its occurrence is 1 in 5,500,000 men in the United States.[2]

When diphallia is present, it is usually accompanied by other congenital anomalies such as renal, vertebral, hindgut or anorectal duplication. There is also a higher risk of spina bifida. Infants born with PD and its related conditions have a higher death rate from various infections associated with their more complex renal or colorectal systems.

It is thought diphallia occurs in the fetus between the 23rd and 25th days of gestation when an injury, chemical stress, or malfunctioning homeobox genes hamper proper function of the caudal cell mass of the fetal mesoderm as the urogenital sinus separates from the genital tubercle and rectum to form the penis.



This rare condition has been documented in pigs and other mammals. [3]

Diphallia is a medical condition and should not be confused with genital bisection, which is an elective procedure which involves the splitting of the penis.

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  1. ^ "Concealed diphallus :a Case report and review of the literature.". Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. Archived from the original on 2000. http://www.jiaps.com/article.asp?issn=0971-9261;year=2000;volume=5;issue=1;spage=18;epage=21;aulast=Sharma;type=0. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Indian man wants op to remove extra organ". Reuters. Archived from the original on 22 January 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070122012925/http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=DEL270522. Retrieved 2006-08-18. 
  3. ^ Aparicio-Rodríguez et al (December 2010). "Disorders of sexual development in genetic pediatrics: Three different ambiguous genitalia cases report from Hospital Para el Nino Poblano, Mexico". International Journal of Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 (10): 207–216. ISBN 2006-9863. http://www.academicjournals.org/ijgmb/PDF/pdf2010/Dec/Aparicio-Rodr%C3%ADguez%20et%20al.pdf. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 

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