Eleven Horrifying, Extreme Medical Disorders
Disability and illness are two things that most people would rather not have to think about. Due to modern medical care, people in wealthy countries can go most of their lives without thinking of those who might be suffering from difficult, life-altering and in some cases, frankly terrifying disorders.
Some of these issues have been with mankind since the beginning, and it is important to understand them, and to see how they affect others.
The mythical Cyclops gives its name to this condition, which is a congenital disorder where the eyes fail to separate in utero. The result is a single typically non-functional eye in the center of the face, and a nose that is non-existant or only appears as a tube-like structure. This is a rare disorder, and the vast majority of embryos that show evidence of it turn out to be miscarriages.
These horns are actually a stage of pre-cancer. Instead of being made of bone or the tightly packed hairs that make up our nails, these horns are made out of a toughened kind of skin. The longer this condition is allowed to go untreated, the bigger and more dramatic the horns are. This is something that can seriously affect the quality of life of the people who have it.
Progeria is basically the opposite of eternal life. This condition leads to rapid aging in young children. Children who are develop and deteriorate four or more times more quickly than other children. This condition leads to a shortened lifespan and a host of serious bodily issues.
In centuries past, hypertrichosis was seen as a proof of werewolves and other monsters. As a matter of fact, this condition is completely harmless, and the only result is that people with hypertricosis grow extremely thick body hair at an extremely rapid rate. One of the noble families of Europe was known for this condition, and today, all it takes to defeat is a regular shave.
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
This condition is more commonly known as Stone Man Syndrome, and this extremely rare disease causes the limber connective tissue of the body to harden when it it is injured. In some cases, this reaction is triggered for no obvious reason at all. Te issue starts in early childhood, and over time will cause the sufferer to be completely unable to move at all. The most famous sufferer, Harry Eastlack, was only able to move his lips at the end of his life.
This condition refers to excessive growth of the fingers or toes, and in some cases, this can create a situation where one or more fingers are as large as the hand or foot. In some cases, this issue affects the entire limb.
We know that bone is solid and strong, but what happens when it is not? In the condition fibrous dysplasia, the firm tissue of the bones themseves are displaced with fibrous tissue, meaning that the bones become soft and undefined. This condition is most common with the bones of the face and skull, but the ribs, thigh and pelvis are often affected as well. This is an extremely rare condition, and.
Polymelia is a condition where children are born with more limbs than what is common. This can result in a single extra arm growing from a child’s side to an infant having more than six legs all together. The most common cause for polymelia is a condition where an unborn twin disintegrates in the womb. Sometimes, their limbs end up attached to their living twin.
This condition is known for being extremely rare, and when it occurs, there is no missing it. In this medical condition, a child is born with two faces. Essentially, the child has a normal face, and then there is a second face, either whole or partial, reproduced somewhere on the child’s head. Though this condition is often seen with other serious congenital issues, it is possible for people with this condition to have a normal life span.
In this serious disorder, infants are born with no flexibility to their skin. Instead their skin breaks into large plates that are separated by deep, often traumatized fissures. The condition of the skin leads to deformation of the eyes, ears, mouth and nose, and the infants that are affected by this condition do not live long.
This condition is one that can result from a number of different issues, and it refers to a buildup of fluid in the skull. The pressure from the water in the skull can lead to a number of serious issues involving the sinuses, the throat, the eyes and nose, and it is also a culprit in delayed development.