Curious Tale of Human Tail

Curious Tale of Human Tail Letter to the Editor Pediatric and Developmental Pathology 2018, Vol. 21(3) 341–342 ! 2017, Society for Pediatric Pathology All rights reserved. Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1093526617707857 journals.sagepub.com/home/pdp 1 1 1 Vivek Nair , Jitendra Singh Nigam , Archana Hemant Deshpande , 1 2 Jyotsna Naresh Bharti , and Nilesh Prakash Patil To the Editor: nonvertebrate part of the tail by the end of 8 weeks may A human tail is a rare, congenital occurrence which result in the appearance of a true human tail. Caudal is seen as a protrusion in the lumbosacrococcygeal appendages in human are unusual malformations which region. It has aroused a lot of curiosity among the are divided into 2 broad categories: true tail and 3–5 authors. The human tail has been considered to be the pseudotail. The true tail extend from the coccyx but evidence of human’s evolution from primates while lacks bone, cartilage, notochord, and spinal cord. 1,2 others have assigned superstitious belief to the same. Histopathology shows that it contains a central core of However, modern medicine views the human tails as a mature fatty tissue thrown into small lobules by thin developmental defect not as a regressive evolutionary fibrous septa http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pediatric and Developmental Pathology SAGE

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© 2017, Society for Pediatric Pathology All rights reserved
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1093-5266
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1615-5742
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10.1177/1093526617707857
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Letter to the Editor Pediatric and Developmental Pathology 2018, Vol. 21(3) 341–342 ! 2017, Society for Pediatric Pathology All rights reserved. Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1093526617707857 journals.sagepub.com/home/pdp 1 1 1 Vivek Nair , Jitendra Singh Nigam , Archana Hemant Deshpande , 1 2 Jyotsna Naresh Bharti , and Nilesh Prakash Patil To the Editor: nonvertebrate part of the tail by the end of 8 weeks may A human tail is a rare, congenital occurrence which result in the appearance of a true human tail. Caudal is seen as a protrusion in the lumbosacrococcygeal appendages in human are unusual malformations which region. It has aroused a lot of curiosity among the are divided into 2 broad categories: true tail and 3–5 authors. The human tail has been considered to be the pseudotail. The true tail extend from the coccyx but evidence of human’s evolution from primates while lacks bone, cartilage, notochord, and spinal cord. 1,2 others have assigned superstitious belief to the same. Histopathology shows that it contains a central core of However, modern medicine views the human tails as a mature fatty tissue thrown into small lobules by thin developmental defect not as a regressive evolutionary fibrous septa

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Pediatric and Developmental PathologySAGE

Published: May 1, 2018

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