Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis

This may not be a frequent skin condition that you hear a lot about, but it’s worth talking about the absolute sheer “awe factor” involved in this rare condition so that people can see what some unfortunate individuals go through.  In fact, this is so rare that the research reports we consulted used so much scientific and medical jargon that it took us some time to dumb it down and put it in terms our readers could digest.

We really feel for people with this condition.  Life isn’t fair sometimes.

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Warning:  Pics are below this content and may disturb some readers.  Please scroll down slowly if you don’t want to view the gross skin disorder pics.  Or just return home now.

What is Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis?

Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (EV) is also referred to as Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia and “Tree Man Illness,” this is a very rare hereditary genetic disorder.  It causes widespread HPV (Human papillomavirus) which produces tumors and lesions, which can resemble warts, across the victim’s body.  They can be reddish-brown in color and are most commonly found on the trunk, hands, extremities (both upper and lower) and face.   They have been referred to as “bark like” growths.  Malignant tumors (carcinomas) develop on areas of the skin that are exposed to sunlight, mostly when the victim is between 20 and 40 years of age.

The growths are generally caused because the victims have an impaired immune response to warts and similar growths.

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Since it’s an inherited disorder, two abnormal genes are necessary to make this happen.  Essentially, both parents have to possess the disease in order to pass it along to a child.  All races and both genders are susceptible to this disorder.

Treatment for Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis

While EV is a lifelong disease and the lesions can be removed at any time, they will never cease from sprouting back up and re-appearing on the skin of the victim. The larger risk here is that these lesions can turn into skin cancer at some point.

There is currently no treatment available to prevent the lesions from recurring.  Other than surgical treatments and counseling, there is nothing that can be done long-term to cure someone from this disease.

Pics of Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis

Here are some pics of the Tree Man Illness. 

Tree Man Illness Pic
This is one of the most popular photos you’ll see when people talk about this skin disorder.
Tree Man Before and After Treatment Pictures
tree man illness victim before treatment
Dede Koswara with tree man illness. (Before treatment.)
After Treatment
Dede Koswara after treatment.

 

Resources:

http://www.dermnetnz.org/viral/epidermodysplasia-verruciformis.html

Photo Credit for before and after tree man victim treatment:

http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Tree-Man-Before-and-After.html

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Read the incredible story of how a man named Dede Koswara was drastically cured of tree man illness and only suffers mild recurrences after the miraculous effort to cure it.

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