Orthopedic and plastic surgeons at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Medical Center-Ein Kerem successfully treated 42-year-old Gaza resident Muhammad Taluli, whose hand was disfigured from an extremely rare contagious condition, epidermodysplasia verruciformis, or “tree man syndrome.”
Taluli suffered from painful tumors over his entire hand for the past decade, according to lead surgeon Dr. Michael Chernofsky.
“This was a very rare case that has no documentation whatsoever in the medical books,” Chernofsky told reporters. “He became introverted and ashamed, unwilling to expose his hand to others. It was covered all the time.”
Taluli came to Chernofsky’s hand and microvascular surgery clinic after failing to any doctor in Gaza, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority or elsewhere in Israel to treat his debilitating condition, which can develop into cancer.
Chernofsky, who moved to Israel in 2004 from Pennsylvania, had never seen a patient with tree man syndrome. He had read about a case in Bangladesh last year.
“I have a lot of experience with difficult and complicated cases,” he said, “but there is no documentation in the professional literature of how to treat such a condition. When he came to us, the decision to perform the operation was not easy to make.”—More…
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