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Rare disease causes woman's bones to vanish

By T.K. Randall
April 6, 2018 · Comment icon 9 comments

The condition is known as Gorham-Stout disease. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Tiia Monto
According to medical experts, the condition is so rare that only 64 cases of it have ever been recorded.
The 44-year-old woman, whose name has not been disclosed, first noticed that something was wrong when she started to experience a pain in her arm and shoulder that wouldn't go away.

An X-ray initially revealed a lesion in her humerus bone, suggesting that she may have cancer, however her biopsy results were inconclusive.

Over time, continued tests failed to determine what was wrong. She started to develop benign blood vessel tumors and her arm would fracture and break even from minor injuries.
Most alarming of all was the fact that on each successive X-ray, her arm bones seemed to be gradually disappearing, as if they were simply fading from existence.

She was eventually diagnosed with Gorham-Stout or 'vanishing bone' disease - an incredibly rare condition that remains a medical enigma.

Fortunately it is likely that the disease will remain confined to her arm, however there is no known cure and doctors have to date been unable to explain what causes it.



Source: Live Science | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 6 years ago
Oh man that's terrible.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Yes it is.  However, some people believe that humans may evolve to such a state as we use less and less on our bodies and more and more of our brains.  Based on that, it probably won't happen. The brain part that is.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 6 years ago
Everything you need to know you can learn from TOS
Comment icon #4 Posted by Echoes 6 years ago
  This is why you should always read the Terms & Conditions when signing up to a new body... On a more serious note, I sincerely hope that this lady is alright  . Imagine having to live with an arm in a condition like that. On a sort of positive note, she may well be one of (if not the only) person on Earth with this bizarre condition at the moment.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Almighty Evan 6 years ago
Return to Tomorrow
Comment icon #6 Posted by OverSword 6 years ago
See?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Katniss 6 years ago
How horrifying! That's so unusual it's almost like a flesh eating disease.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
That is a really weird condition. That your bones disappear. Is it affecting all of her bones, I wonder?  
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ell 6 years ago
I would suspect an auto-immune disease.


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