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15 Most Horrifying Rare Diseases (NSFL)
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva is a disease where the body’s repair mechanism is completely broken, and starts “healing” the fibrous tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) by turning them into bone. Your whole body is slowly being petrified. There’s no known treatment for the 450 sufferers worldwide, and in one famous case a sufferer survived up to the age 40, at which point his entire body, except his lips and transformed into bone, leaving him completely immobile.
Ancient Gem-Studded Teeth Show Skill of Early Dentists
This Maya skull, found in Chiapas, Mexico, is an example of this early practice of inserting semi-precious stones into one’s mouth. These decorations apparently were common to all classes, and were thought to be inserted with the aid of of an obsidian drill.
Skull with leontiasis ossea ("Lion face"). This rare condition is symptomatic of several diseases including fibrous dysplasia, Paget's disease, hyperparathyroidism, syphilitic osteoperiostitis and renal osteodystrophy. The condition is characterized by an overgrowth of bone (hyperostosis) in the facial and cranial bones.
A female skull dating from 1829 with the bony skeleton of a large facial tumour (possibly caused by neurofibromatosis) involving the right side of the face. The tumour arose in the right antrum, and during five years’ growth destroyed the right malar bone, the palate, and the maxilla. Specimen from the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, London.