Human tails

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1980 Nov;62-B(4):508-10.


Two children and one infant with a "human tail" are presented. The patho-embryology of this medical curiosity is briefly discussed. Treatment is usually unnecessary but resection of part of the coccyx together with the "tail" may become indicated by coccygodynia or for aesthetic reasons.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Coccyx / abnormalities*
  • Coccyx / diagnostic imaging
  • Coccyx / embryology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Radiography