A one year old boy from Delhi, India has been diagnosed with a rare hormonal dysfunction that has caused him to develop a penis the size of an older boy’s.
The dysfunction known as “precocious puberty” caused a much accelerated growth and development of organs in the body 18-month-old Arsh Akhtar. Arsh's parents noticed he was developing pubic and facial hair and a much bigger penis. He also experienced painful erections and mood swings suspected to be caused by he having the brain development of a 12-year-old teenager.
Many of his symptoms have since been treated via hormonal therapy.
The boy’s mother, Shabnam Praveen said the family first noticed he was much taller than other babies his age before other people started pointing out that he looked abnormal.
"We thought he was just a big baby but later everyone started to point out that this growth couldn't be normal," she told the Deccan Chronicle. "His penis had grown to that of a man's size and we knew something was wrong," she added.
The doctor in charge of the abnormally grown infant, Dr Vaishakhi Rustagi, a consulting paediatric endocrinologist at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, said: "Precocious puberty is traumatic for a child of his age and it makes them violent. His muscle strength increased to a level that even his parents couldn't control him."
The boy has been responding well to the hormonal therapy treatment which has seen the size of his genitals and other premature developments decreasing over the past five months.
Precocious puberty in one-year-old infants is thought to affect one in 100,000 toddlers, and one in 10,000 aged between eight and 10. The condition usually causes infants to stop growing after several years and remain about 1 metre tall. Girls can also develop the condition between the ages of eight to 10.