The Man Who’s Turning Into a Tree – Abul Bajandar

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A Bangladeshi man dubbed as the tree-man because of wart-like lesions growing from his hands and feet has been admitted to hospital. Abul Bajandar, 25, from Khulna, has been suffering from a disease known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis. Its a rare and inherited skin disorder. He is suffering since the past seven years.

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Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will now decide on his treatment. The rare inherited skin disorder means gnarled growths sprout from his hands and feet. Medics will now decide on his treatment after forming a medical board of experts in Bangladesh.

WHAT IS EPIDERMODYSPLASIA VERRUCIFORMIS?

Epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV) is a rare and inherited skin disorder because of which, wart-like lesions are created anywhere on the body.  The condition is caused because of an infected human papillomavirus. This can create widespread skin eruptions. 

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In order to inherit the disease two abnormal EV genes, one from each parent, must be present. No serious treatment against EV has been found, yet several treatments have been suggested.  Notable cases include a Romanian man named Ion Toader who was diagnosed with the condition in March 2007.

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