When a 66-year-old Chinese man went to the hospital complaining of a swollen abdomen, he got a diagnosis he wasn’t expecting. The abdominal pain was a cyst on one of his ovaries. This was news to him. With the ability to grow a beard and male anatomy, he never had reason to suspect he was a biological female.
Doctors found his rare condition to be caused by combination of Turner syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that causes biological women to lack certain female features and be unable to reproduce, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which boosts male hormones.
“The patient, by definition, is a woman who cannot get pregnant. But she also has CAH, which gave her the appearance of a man,” said pediatrics professor, Ellis Hon Kam-lun. “It’s an interesting and very rare case of having the two combinations. It probably won’t be seen again in the near future.”
In fact, the combination of these two disorders is so rare, that only six cases have ever been reported. Despite the shocking discovery, the man has decided to keep living as male and possibly undergo hormone therapy to enhance his masculine features. [SCMP] [Photo from Shutterstock]