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The Rarest Medical Conditions



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Diseases that can make us look like living corpse or animated trees may seem like movie plots taken from the pages of sci-fi novels, however extreme health conditions such as those mentioned really exist in this day and age. All over the world, there are millions of people infected with rare and strange diseases.

Hence, the following is a list of the strangest human diseases.

1) Walking Corpse Syndrome

The Cotard delusion or negation delusion, popularly known as the walking corpse syndrome, is a rare neuropsychiatric condition which was named after Jules Cotard, a French neurologist who discovered the disease in the late 19th century.

The disease actually roots from mental depression perhaps a degradation of one's self. The person who suffers from such conditions holds a delusional belief of his/her non-existence. They believe that they are dead thus, they abandone the idea of eating resulting to death due to starvation.

Further reports claim that some patients believe that they are incapable of dying and that they are immortal. Medical experts believe that such cases involve several other psychological disorders like schizophrenia and extreme periods of depression.

2) Blaschko's Lines

Blaschko's Lines are an extreme skin disorder in which the patient acquires strange and invisible lines all over the body. These lines are said to be embryonic in origin but to date the condition is still a mystery in the medical circles.

Medical experts believe that the Blaschko's Lines are of hereditary in nature in spite of the fact that the disease cannot be traced in human DNA.

It was discovered in 1901 by German dermatologist named Alfred Blaschko.

3) Werewolf Syndrome

The werewolf syndrome, officially Hypertrichosis, is a disease characterized by an abnormal production and growth of hair. There basically two types of Hypertrichosis; the generalized in which the whole body is covered by hair and the localized wherein a distinct portion has been covered by hair.

Werewolf syndrome is acquired from birth or later in life as a a result of side effects of drugs or some condition associated with cancer. Sadly, there is no cure for such congenital forms of the werewolf syndrome but for those who acquired the disease, it can be treated by addressing the cause.

People with such diseases often find jobs at circus especially during the 18th and 19th century. The most notable circus performer who suffered from werewolf syndrome was Julia Patrana.

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