DOCTOS MAKE SHOCKING DISCOVERY INSIDE PORTUGUESE WOMAN
So this is a challenging story. But it’s true. Recent news coming out of Portugal makes you want to grab a stiff drink. So, a Portuguese woman went to get some medical help as she had painful abscesses on her bottom. The 40-year-old woman ended up giving the doctors who examined her quite the shock. An abscess is a collection of pus that collects in the tissue of the body. They are often painful, as was the case for this woman. But when doctors examined her down there, they found that the woman had two anal canals.
DOCTORS SHOCKED, WOMAN HAD TWO ANAL CANALS
Well, let’s backtrack just a little. The initial medical care the Portuguese woman received was from doctors who drained the painful abscesses on the woman’s bottom. But they then referred the woman on to two specialists to, um, get to the bottom of the abscesses cause. And the specialists were the ones who got the “what’s behind door number three” surprise. The medics in Figueria da Foz, which is about 90 miles south of Porto, Portugal, literally discovered two holes leaving her anus. Normally, mammals only have one of those.
WOMAN HAS BEEN AVOIDING ANAL CORRECTION FOR SEVEN, LONG YEARS
But if this is new to you don’t be too surprised. Doctors consider this to be the most rare type of malformation in the digestive tract. It’s called anal canal duplication, or ACD. The woman would have been born with the malformity. But for some reason, when doctors offered the woman surgery to correct the ACD, she refused. But get this. This story started seven years ago. That’s when the woman first came asking doctors to help her with the abscess. But she just came back in recently to have another one drained. She again refused to have surgery to get the issue fixed.
ONLY 60 PEOPLE HAVE DOUBLE ANAL CANALS WORLDWIDE, BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF
But two anal canals is not just rare, it’s really, really rare. That’s why these doctors decided to publish this case. It’s even more unusual that this woman’s case went undiscovered for so long. Currently, there are only about 60 cases of ACD across the entire world. That’s crazy rare. Usually, doctors discover ACD in a person’s first year of life. That makes this Portuguese woman the most elderly case, ever. I mean, seriously, have you ever heard of two anal canals before.