Hands with big roots: patients with “Baum-Mann disease” are a little better

Hands with big roots: patients with “Baum-Mann disease” are a little better

Rare illness: Treatment by "Baummann" shows first successes
Abul Bajandar from Bangladesh has an extremely rare disease. His hands look like tree roots and he also has wood-like growths on his feet. The treatment of the 26-year-old with the "Baum-Mann disease" now showed initial success.

Extremely rare illness
According to the definition valid in Europe, a disease is considered rare if fewer than five out of 10,000 people are affected. Overall, so-called rare diseases are not that rare. Around four million people are affected in Germany alone. A disease that is in fact extremely rare is called epidermodysplasia verruciformis (or Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia or Lutz-Lewandowsky epidermodysplasia verruciformis). Abul Bajandar is one of the few patients who have developed this. His hands and feet began to change ten years ago. Because of the wood-like outgrowths, the 26-year-old is also called the "tree man".

Hands like tree roots
The hands of Abul Bajandar look like tree roots and wood-like growths also grow on his feet. The 26-year-old from Bangladesh suffers from the extremely rare “tree man disease”. The growth began already ten years ago. Now the patient was operated on for the first time. According to press reports, medical treatment has now shown initial success. "The first operation gave me hope," said Abul Bajandar, according to a message from the AFP news agency.

Over a dozen other operations needed
A team of doctors from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) had removed part of the growths on the right hand on Saturday. As the director of the university clinic, Samanta Lal Sen, explained, the fingers were also pointed. "He is feeling better now." Professor Abul Kalam, under whose direction the operation was carried out, told the newspaper "Dhaka Tribune": "We have to proceed slowly and carefully. We think we need about 15 operations for Abul. ”The patient wants to continue the treatment regardless of its duration. "I don't want to go back to my village without my hands and feet in good condition," said the 26-year-old.

Growths weighing five kilograms
Abul Bajandar's growths had recently reached a total weight of at least five kilograms. These started ten years ago, but it got really bad four years ago, as the patient himself reported. The 26-year-old suffers from the genetic skin disease Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which is associated with an increased susceptibility to human papillomavirus (HPV). As a result of HPV infections, scaly patches of skin and nodules, especially on the hands and feet, can occur, some of which can be gigantic. Bajandar, who has become a small celebrity due to his illness, is visited by hundreds of people both in his home district of Khulna and in the hospital. Tests have shown that his condition is not cancer. The government of Bangladesh has announced that it will pay the costs of the treatment. (ad)

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