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Why is this not aw of the day?
As for Joseph Merrick, the characteristics of his disorder are different than what this gentleman has. Joseph Merrick wasn`t just afflicted with tumors, but mutating bone tissue which is common with proteus syndrome. What`s also different is that unlike neurofibromatosis, proteus is a multisystem syndrome. It affects the lymphatic system, nervous system, bones, skin, fatty tissues, muscles, and blood. Neurofibromatosis only affects the lymphatic system.
Neurofibromatosis is also hereditary, it isn`t known it proteus is or isn`t, though.
Joseph Merrick died, incidentally, as a result of his head dislocating from his neck during his sleep due to its massive weight.
Anyone interested SHOULD see `The Elephant Man`. One of the best films e
shortsagitar, my cousin has neurofibromatosis, and her dad is a doctor so he can legally take them off himself. How handy.AKappy - hahahaah
YAY for pseudoarthrosis of the ulna! (thats me!)
Joseph Merrick probably would have been a very nice looking man if he hadn`t had this disease. http://www.aboyd.com/merrick/images/elep...
Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder which causes tumors to grow. Tumors are not cysts; they are the over-growing of body tissues. They can be malignant or benign but the case of Neurofibromatosis, they are benign and usually stop growing when the patient hits puberty.
I`d like to think he shows people that it`s what you do that counts, not how you look.