Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Study group discussion: Human Papilloma Virus

*An image of papilloma virus warts was posted on the group as guess the diagnosis, I am unable to post it on the website due to copyright issues but here is the discussion we had*

Is that Hyperkeratosis? Abnormal thickening of stratum corneum?

Nope.

VPH?

What's VPH?

Papilloma virus. Sorry, I wrote in Spanish.

Espanol! Virus del papiloma humano :D

Those are large warts?!

After a severe Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) infection, a 35-year-old man, was dubbed the "tree man" because of the gnarled warts all over his body. He first noticed the warts on his body after cutting his knee as a teenager. Over time, he was sacked from his job, deserted by his wife and shunned by neighbours as the horn-like extensions covered much of his body and stopped him working. He has two children. After his case received widespread publicity, donations from the public and government help allowed him to get treatment, six kilos of warts were surgically removed from his body.

I remember having seen this episode on discovery channel long time ago! Didn't remember the disease though.

Yeah, it was broadcasted once.

Me too. They earn their living by showing their disease to the locals as a display of how they look like trees. Very sad.

There's no other treatment besides surgery, right?

Sadly, no.

They cause is immunodeficency. The body is unable to fight the HPV infection.

There was a similar case shown on the TV series, Greys anatomy too.

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