Monday, 22 February 2010

Oddest Medical Conditions...

Wow... I just came across this article on the Net and would like to share it with you guys. Like the article said, "The next time you complain about having the common cold, think about these maladies." So here it goes:

#1: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Looking in the mirror and seeing your head and hands five times their real size may not mean you have "gone mad," but instead are suffering from Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS).

The most prominent symptom of AIWS is metamorphosis of the body, seeing parts much larger or smaller than they really are. Visual perception of other objects, such as buildings or cars, can look tiny to someone suffering from AIWS.

Other symptoms can be distorted time perception, or time seemingly going by very slowly or quickly. Someone with AIWS might feel distorted touch perception, for example feeling like you are standing on spongy ground when it is actually concrete. These symptoms are most commonly felt at night.

Scientists are unsure of the causes of AIWS, but think there may be a link to migraines. Currently there is no treatment for this syndrome, but regulating your sleep patterns and incorporating healthy eating habits has shown to lessen the symptoms of AIWS.
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#2: Progeria
Brad Pitt's role in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was based on a real life medical condition. Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome, is a disease that accelerates the aging process when a child is 18 to 24 months old.

As the child grows, some symptoms include hair loss, a small face, thin skin, loss of body fat, and a short stature. Children with progeria age six to eight times faster than the average person, and rarely live past the age of 13, due to heart disease.

Only about 100 cases of progeria have ever been formally diagnosed in medical history. The odds of being diagnosed are roughly one in 8 million. Researchers are coming closer to answers recently discovered the cause of progeria in 2002. They believe it is caused by a mutation in the gene called LMNA, which makes the Lamin A protein. A effective Lamin A protein causes instability of cells which appear to lead to the process of premature aging.

Although a rare disease, there has been more awareness thanks to Hollywood. Will Smith sent $25,000 to the Progeria Research Foundation last year.
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#3: Werewolf Syndrome
Hypertrichosis, a rare genetic condition also known as Werewolf Syndrome, causes a person's body to be covered with thick, matted hair. You can read more from:
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#4: Tree Man
Dede Koswara, the Indonesian man known to the world as "Tree Man," constantly battles woody bark-like growths, which cover his body.

Having been largely freed from what doctors said was an extreme case of the sexually transmitted disease human pappilomavirus (HPV), Dede's life began returning to normal after surgery - doctors removed 13 pounds of warts. He was diagnosed by American dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Gaspari. After the surgery, Dede's hands — once an indistinguishable mass of scales — were able to once again hold a cell phone and a fishing pole. But just four months after leaving hospital, Dede spoke to of his dismay to find the warts were fighting back.

"Those (warts) that were removed are growing again and started to reappear after I returned home," he said from his home in the West Java village of Tanjung Jaya. "I'm not desperate but I want to recover."
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#5: Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder
Dr. Sandra Leiblum, former director of the Center for Sexual and Relationship Health at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and author of "Principles and Practices of Sexual Therapy," first coined the term ‘persistent sexual arousal syndrome,’ which later became persistent genital arousal disorder.

Leiblum defined persistent sexual arousal syndrome as "intense feelings of genital congestion and sensations that are typically unaccompanied by any conscious awareness of sexual desire" in an article published for the Women's Sexual Health Foundation in Cincinnati, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating women and doctors on conditions that may impact sexual health and function.

Paradoxically, she wrote, sexual activities intended to relieve the symptoms can reinforce the sensations or provide only temporary relief. In fact, Leiblum said, the sensations can last hours or even days, and they truly are unwanted and intrusive. Persistent genital arousal disorder affects women of all ages. It isn’t known how many women are afflicted, because many feel too embarrassed to speak with their doctors.
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#6: Parasitic Twin
Lakshmi Tatma was born joined at the pelvis to a “parasitic twin” that stopped developing in her mother’s womb. The twin had no head or brain, but Lakshmi absorbed the twin's limbs, kidneys and other body parts. It took doctors 27 hours to operate on Lakshmi.

During the surgery, which took place at the Sparsh hospital in Bangladore, India, surgeons removed Lakshmi’s extra limbs, transplanted a kidney from the twin and reconstructed the girl’s pelvic area. However, she will require more surgeries and rehabilitation, especially as she grows. Lakshmi was named for the six-limbed Hindu goddess who represented wealth and prosperity. Lakshmi is now attending school, and playing sports.
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#7: Foreign Accent Syndrome
This is a rare syndrome that affects only people who have had strokes – they emerge from the stroke speaking in an accent different from the one they used to speak.

It can happen if a stroke damages the parts of the left hemisphere of the brain related to speech production. Foreign Accent Syndrome was highlighted in last year’s "Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences," when a woman from Ontario, Canada had a left-sided stroke and began speaking in an East Coast accent.
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Here is another article on other oddest medical conditions (I shared out 2 of them here):

#1: Blue Skin Disorder
A large family simply known as the "blue people" lived in the hills around Troublesome Creek in Kentucky until the 1960s. They were the blue Fugates. Most of them lived past the age of 80, with no serious illness - just blue skin. The trait was passed on from generation to generation. People with this condition have blue, plum, indigo or almost purple skin.

#2: Walking Corpse Syndrome
It is a syndrome of mental depression and suicidal tendencies, in which the patient complains of having lost everything: possessions, part of or entire body, often believing that he or she has died and is a walking corpse. This delusion is usually expanded to the degree that the patient might claim that he can smell his own rotting flesh and feel worms crawling through his skin. The latter phenomenon is a recurring experience of people chronically deprived of sleep or suffering amphetamine/cocaine psychosis. Paradoxically, being "dead" often gives the patient the nation of being immortal.


Kimberly said...

WOW! That was an amazing read. I am left speechless. Some of these I have never heard of before now.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Kimberly!

Yeah...that was my reaction too.. which is why I wanted to share with you guys on my blog!

Kim said...

Um and Oooh are all I can say. No more complaints for me. This was a good reminder of the things we complain about. Wow.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Kim!

Didn't mean to make you speechless and uttering Ums and Oohhs... I am not going to complain when I am sick or tired etc etc now...

5thsister said...

Okay, here I am literally complaining of being sick and I read your post. I'm still sick but I'll be quiet about it now!

I've seen the wart man before and have seen people who suffer from the werewolf syndrome on the cover of tabloids in the checkout lanes at the grocery. All others were new maladies to me. Very interesting post!!!

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hey Polly!

Oopss... I hope you don't feel offended by this post since you were sick recently! :( Didn't mean anything cos I stumbled upon this article and was left speechless and really felt I should post this up and share it as well so that we can appreciate our health in every way...

Teresa @ ♥ TOO MANY HEARTBEATS ♥ said...

Wow, and I thought my condition was rare...and kind of weird! :0) I knew about a couple of those but some of them I've never even heard of.

Thanks so much for your continued thoughts and prayers for me and my family. You are such a sweet blessing.

Hope you're having a wonderful day.


Teresa <><

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Teresa,

You're welcome! Please take good care of your dad as well. Will continue to pray for your mother and family! :)

Lady Jane said...

Wow that was an interesting read.


onepennyfrog said...

Re. #4: Tree Man
Dede Koswara,

I had just seen a documentary on Mr. Dede Koswara, he is doing better now. I have been following him for some time, hoping him the best ofcourse. In the documentary he had most of the warts removed from his body, he also had the growths removed from his hands/feet. They had placed skin expanders onto his back to grow skin for his hands, sadly when they tried to reconstruct his hand the doctors saw that his bones were very brittle and and damaged. They had put him on a regiment of nutrients to strengthen his bones. They also recommended that Dede be put on a regiment of Chemo-theropy in order to keep the warts from coming back. I hope that Dede will be able to get some relief and normality back to his life. I want him to recover promptly with minimal complications. He does truly inspire me with his strength.
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I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Lady Jane,
Glad you enjoyed the article! :)

Hi onepennyfrog!
Thanks for sharing the updates on Mr. Dede Koswara. Glad to hear he's doing better now!


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