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Rare Skin Disease Patient Known as 'Tree Man' Could be the First Patient Cured

JANUARY 06, 2017
Andrew Black
A Bangladesh man, Abul Bajandar’s rare condition caused him to become an internet sensation, known as the tree man. His diagnosis of epidermodysplasia verruciformis caused his skin to form ginormous warts that looked like bark. Many surgeries treatments later, Abul’s nickname might not suit him any longer.
Abul has gone through 16 surgeries in the hospital to have his bark-like warts removed. Doctors have removed 11 pounds of skin to help treat his condition and his appearance. Now, his hands and feet are now almost wart free. He will be discharged from the hospital within next 30 days after a couple of minor surgeries to perfect the shape of his hands.
He has a chance to become the first person to be cured of the disease, if the warts do not grow back.
Epidermodysplasia verruciformis could be dangerous, as an Indonesian man had died last year from the disease even though going through the same procedure of having his warts removed.
Abul initially thought the warts were harmless, but they eventually covered his hands and feet, forcing him to stop working. Eventually, the pain from the warts became too unbearable to deal with.
He has lived in the hospital since he was admitted for the first surgery nearly a year ago. Now he will try to go back to work and live a normal life.

New 'Hands' showing up on social media


About epidermodysplasia verruciformis

Epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV) is a rare, inherited disorder that predisposes patients to widespread human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas.
There are over 70 subtypes of HPV that are responsible for causing a wide range of viral warts. In the general population infection with some subtypes of HPV have minimal or no clinical effect, however in patients with EV, infection with these same subtypes can cause flat, wart-like lesions. It has been found that patients with EV have an abnormal or impaired immune response to HPV or wart viruses.

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This story was originally posted on January 6, 2017 and updated January 10, 2017.

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