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Proteus Syndrome

The skeleton of Joseph Carey Merrick - image Ray Crundwell, Queen Mary University of London

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from Mail Online

Shrinking my 17stone legs: Hope for woman whose limbs wouldn't stop growing after doctors develop pioneering treatment

Thank God we now know what this syndrome is and those suffering from it don't have to live their lives in a circus. Proteus syndrome--a rare genetic mutation.

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from BBC News

Unlocking the secrets of the Elephant Man

Joseph Merrick's skeleton a.k.a The Elephant Man. 123 years after his death, scientists think they have narrowed down his condition; Neurofibromatosis type 1, or Proteus Syndrome

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The Beautiful Splint Company creates bespoke hand and wrist splints in precious metals for people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, EDS & hypermobility syndrome. Every splint is made to the specific measurements and requirements of the individual.

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Human skull from a patient with Proteus syndrome. Only a few hundred people in the world have Proteus syndrome, a bizarre condition in which a mutant gene causes the asymmetric growth of the body parts. The syndrome can be horribly disfiguring, was the case of Joseph Merrick, the English of the 19th century that became known as the Elephant Man. Source: ebay.com

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First off, note the spelling – it is Elephant-iasis not Elephant-itis as many people wrongly think. Elephantiasis is a thickening of the skin as opposed to proteus syndrome which is a thickening of the bones as well as the skin. Unfortunately, this is a disease that any one of us can get as it is caused by parasitic worms passed on through mosquito bites. In some parts of Ethiopa, up to 6% of the population suffers from the disorder. It is one of the most common disabilities in the world.

Rosa Verloop: Nylon Sculptures I don't particularly like these... but what a cool idea.

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from Mail Online

Delight for man with giant feet after he is given the first ever pair

Xu Anyou, 27, from Fuzhou, in eastern China's Jiangxi Province, has a form of Elephantiasis