Bizarre Medical Conditions you wouldn’t believe exist
When you think of vampires, werewolves and tree men your thoughts generally move towards the last fantasy movie you’ve watched. You wouldn’t think these medical conditions may exist. We’ve discovered some rather bizarre medical conditions that may leave you speechless.
Alien Hand Syndrome
While the name sketches a horrifying image, this syndrome doesn’t involve any physical deformities. Rather, a person with this condition’s hand moves beyond the person’s control. It grasps at things and moves on its own volition.
Alien Hand Syndrome is caused by a rare side effect to brain injuries. While there’s no known cure, the symptoms can be managed if the person keeps the affected hand busy.
Foreign Accent Syndrome
This is one of your more curious bizarre medical conditions. As the name suggests, people with this syndrome start speaking uncontrollably in a foreign accent, even if they have no prior knowledge of the langue. This disorder is known to emerge as a side effect following a stroke or brain injury.
Hypertrichosis, “Werewolf Syndrome”
Hypertrichosis is the abnormal growth of the hair covering a person’s body. There are known cases where people’s faces are completely covered in hair hence the nickname, “Werewolf Syndrome”. Hypertrichosis can be congenial or developed.
Xeroderma Pigmentosum, “Vampire Syndrome”
Approximately 1 in 1 million people suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum, an extreme sensitivity to UV rays. Those suffering from this deficiency have to be shielded completely from the sun or suffer severe sunburns that may lead to skin cancer.
Cotard’s Delusion, “Walking Corpse Syndrome”
Cotard’s Delusion is an extremely rare mental disorder whereby a person believes he or she is missing body parts or, in some extreme cases, believes he or she is dead. They often wander around cemeteries, feeling at home, you can say, amongst the dead.
This mental disorder causes complete emotional detachment. Medication can be used to treat this condition but experts have found electroconvulsive therapy to yield better results.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome or, more formally, Todd’s syndrome is a neurological condition that targets children and affects human visual perception. Symptoms of this disorder include but aren’t limited to micropsia, macropsia, teleopsia and migraines.
Objects may appear larger or smaller than they are in reality. People with this condition may also get the disorienting sense that their body parts are distorted or enlarged. This condition also affects vision, sensation and hearing.
What bizarre medical conditions have you heard of recently? We’d love to hear your thoughts.