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NAGPUR – A teenage boy in the Indian state of Maharashtra has undergone surgery to have removed a 20cm “tail” growing at the bottom of his spine.

The 18-year-old boy, from Nagpur city, first noticed the “tail” just after his 14th birthday. The family kept it a secret because they were worried he would be bullied.

Before they went to see a doctor, it had grown too long to hide – the longest ever recorded on a human.

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“It became a problem when the tail grew outside the body,” said his mother, who doesn’t want to be named.

Doctors say the teenager might have developed the tail in the womb as a result of a spinal deformity, the BBC reported.

“When the size of the tail grew… [it] began to press on the boy’s back,” said surgeon, Dr Pramod Giri. “It was cosmetically and psychologically disturbing for him.”

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The doctors have now removed the tail which had begun to develop a bone inside.

The teenager will be kept in hospital for a few days and then allowed back home – without his tail.