China: 101-year Old Woman grows her black horn
A 101-year old Chinese woman reportedly grew from her forehead a horn that resembles a goat’s.
According to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper: “Zhang Ruifang claims the growth first appeared only last year and has since expanded to be more than 6cm long”
Now her family in Linlou, Henan province, are concerned about a second mark on the other side of her forehead.
Her youngest of six sons, Zhang Guozheng, 60, said when a patch of rough skin formed on her forehead last year ‘we didn’t pay too much attention to it’.
‘But as time went on a horn grew out of her head and it is now 6cm long,’ added Mr Zhang, whose eldest brother and sibling is 82 years old.
Although, it is unknown what the protrusion is on Mrs Zhang’s head, it’s probably a cutaneous horn. This is a funnel-shaped growth and although most are only a few millimetres in length, some can extend a number of inches from the skin.
Cutaneous horns are made up of compacted keratin, which is the same protein we have in our hair and nails, and forms horns, wool and feathers in animals. They usually develop in fair-skinned elderly adults who have a history of significant sun exposure but it is extremely unusual to see it form horns of this size.