March 2024

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The world of medicine is advancing at an unprecedented pace. Unfortunately some diseases remain incurable. People who are confronted to very extreme medical defects, are confronted to facing extreme hardship during their lives. While scientists are still researching potential cures, health advocates are raising awareness for these rare medical conditions. Next time you see a donation box…be generous.

Warning: you may find some disturbing images

1. Cutaneous horns1008d33fd9dd75fe01fccf2d737b672c
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Cutaneous horns are unusual keratinous skin tumors that look like horns, wood or coral. It generally affects fair-skinned elderly adults who are constantly exposed to the sun.

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2. Hypertrichosis

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This disease is also known as the “Werewolf Syndrome”. It refers to an abnormal amount of hair growing on your body. Treatment options are very limited because there isn’t any single hair removal method that is appropriate for all locations of the human body.

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3. Noma

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Noma is a disfiguring infection of the mouth that can quickly grow into other parts of your body. It generally affects young malnourished children in areas of poor hygiene.

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4. Macrodactyly

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Macrodactyly is a condition from birth in which a baby’s toes or fingers are abnormally large. It can be treated with multiple surgeries.

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5. Polyostotic Fibrous Dysplasia7e0842870a1076d0a9d881822b75505e
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This is a disorder that may cause fractures and deformity of the legs, arms, and skull.

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6. Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis092ba95bbb7b4122cef5c58f2aa40deb
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Also known as tree man illness, this is is an extremely rare skin disorder. It is characterized by the presence of human papillomaviruses (HPVs), leading to polymorphous cutaneous lesions.

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7. Progeria

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Children who are affected by this rare genetic condition age very rapidly.

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8. Polymelia

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Polymelia is a developmental anomaly characterized by the presence of multiple limbs attached to various body regions.

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9. Diprosopus

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Diprosopus occurs when a malformed foetus has a double face.

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10. Haemangioma

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A haemangioma is a birthmark that takes the form of a bright red nodule of extra blood vessels.

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11. Hydrocephalus22a859d9469b68b9b5f6723081ca9b9d
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It is a build-up of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain. It can be caused by infections, meningitis, brain tumors, head trauma, intracranial hemorrhage, and it is usually extremely painful.

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12. Neurofibromatosis

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that affects cell growth in your nervous system, and causes tumors on the nerve tissue.

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