Serious setback: "Baummann" is back in the hospital and has to be operated on

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Rare genetic disease: "Baummann" needs further operations

A Bangladeshi man suffering from an extremely rare genetic disease known as “Baummann syndrome” is back in hospital and has to be operated on again after more than 25 operations.

Growths that resemble tree branches

Abul Bajandar, a 28-year-old father from a small town in southern Bangladesh, made the headlines three years ago when he underwent a series of complex operations to remove overgrowths that resemble tree branches from hands and feet. Bajandar has been living with the disease Epidermodysplasia verruciformis (or Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia or Lutz-Lewandowsky Epidermodysplasia verruciformis) for more than two decades, which leads to extreme warts on the entire body. Now the man has to be operated on again.

Extremely rare illness

The extremely rare skin disease epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which the patient suffers from, is caused by a defect in the immune system.

The disease is associated with an increased susceptibility to human papillomavirus (HPV) and an increased risk of developing skin cancer.

According to health experts, it only occurs in a handful of people worldwide.

Bajandar was supposedly "healed" after numerous operations. But the hopes have not been fulfilled. The extreme growths returned.

The patient stopped the treatment

According to a report by the news channel "CNN", the doctors said that Bajandar has had more than 25 operations since 2016.

In May, however, he was no longer treated.

"It's a complicated case and we made progress, but he went home. I asked him to come back many times, but he didn't, ”said Dr. Samanta Lal Sen from the Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

“He came to the hospital with his mother on Sunday. He should have come here six months ago. He was too late."

Five to six additional operations are required

According to the information, the condition of Bajandar has now worsened, the lesions on the hands were again about 2.5 centimeters long. According to the doctors, the warts have also spread to the feet and other parts of the body.

Sense's team is currently working on a plan for future treatment for Bajandar, saying he will need five to six more operations.

The doctor said that the patient first noticed the lesions when he was ten years old.

Over time, they grew more and more and covered his hands completely. Because of this, he could no longer carry out his job as a rickshaw driver and could no longer make a living.

When the doctors freed him from a total of five kilos of superfluous tissue, he became the "Baummann" topic of international news.

Treatment had helped the patient

Before the operations, Bajandra was unable to eat, drink, brush her teeth, or shower alone.

"I want to live like a normal person. I just want to hold my daughter properly and hug her, ”he said to CNN.

In 2017, the operations had put him in "very good shape" so that he could eat and write with his own hands, Sen said in a previous report to the television station. However, further treatment is now required.

The government paid for his treatment in 2016, and Sen believes that the new operations will probably do the same. (ad)

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