31 Jan '17, 12pm

Bangladesh treats first case of 'tree girl' syndrome

Bangladesh treats first case of 'tree girl' syndrome

DHAKA (AFP) - A young Bangladeshi girl with bark-like warts growing on her face could be the first female ever afflicted by so-called "tree man syndrome", doctors studying the rare condition said on Tuesday (Jan 31). Ten-year-old Sahana Khatun has the tell-tale gnarled growths sprouting from her chin, ear and nose, but doctors at Dhaka's Medical College Hospital are still conducting tests to establish if she has the unusual skin disorder. Less than half a dozen people worldwide have epidermodysplasia verruciformis but none so far have been women, said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, the head of the hospital's burn and plastic surgery unit. "We believe she is the first woman," Dr Sen told AFP. Her father, a poor labourer from Bangladesh's rural north, said he did not worry too much when the first warts appeared on his daughter's face about four months ago. But as the growths spread rap...

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