When most people think of a medical condition, they typically don’t imagine maggot infestations in someone’s mouth or people whose skin resembles the bark of trees.
Some of us here in the office may suffer from the occasional acne breakout, restless leg syndrome or allergy attacks, but as annoying as these things may be, they don’t compare to any of the afflictions listed here.
Just when you think you’ve heard and seen it all, there come along bizarre medical conditions like these.
Our bodies may be vessels of extraordinary evolution and biological complexity, but things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes, the human body begins to attack itself because of a genetic mutation or is attacked by other organisms.
The rare and little-understood medical conditions these people suffer from baffle even the most renowned specialists, and for many of them, there is no known cure-all treatment.
Today, modern science is working to help society better understand these disorders. Also, through exploration, we can begin to grasp the full potential of the human body.
Despite living with such bizarre medical conditions, these people often display unusual tenacity and grace — something that is rare even among those not suffering from something as debilitating as progeria, a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children.
A brief description of the medical conditions listed above:
Cutaneous horns – precancerous skin growth.
Hypertrichosis aka “Werewolf Syndrome” – a blanket medical term that refers to excessive body hair.
Noma – a severe disfiguring gangrene of the mouth and face that starts as a gingival ulcer and spreads rapidly through the tissues.
Macrodactyly – defined as abnormally large fingers or toes from birth due to overgrowth of underlyingbone and soft tissue.
Polyostotic Fibrous Dysplasia – A disorder that features the replacement of multiple areas of bone by fibrous tissue, which may cause fractures and deformity of the legs, arms, and skull.
Progeria – a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children.
Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis – an extremely rare autosomal recessive genetic hereditary skin disorder associated with a high risk of carcinoma of the skin. The people resemble bark of trees .
Maggot Infestation – the image above is the mouth of a man who suffers from a Sarcophagid fly larvae infestation.
Polymelia – the presence of accessory limbs attached to various body regions.
Diprosopus – a congenital defect also known as craniofacial duplication. In the most extreme instances, the entire face is duplicated, hence the name diprosopus, which is Greek for two-faced.
Haemangioma – a condition that causes abnormalities in the capillaries and veins in his face.
Hidrocefalia – a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. Hydrocephalus means “water on the brain.”
Neurofibromatosis – a genetic condition which causes uncontrollable growths along the nerves