The Curious Case of Abul Banjandar, The Tree Man

A photo of Abul Bajandar, also known as “tree man,” take on Jan. 31, 2018. After 24 surgeries, the unusual growths on his hands and feet are starting to come back. Credit: Sam Jahan/AFP/Getty


The man Abul Bajandar, is from Bangladesh and have had 24 surgery to uproot a kind of very rare wood-like wart from his hand and from his feet. Sadly, the wart are coming back after the multiple surgeries.

Last Year (2017) he under went extensive surgeries to remove the wart, it was deem a success until lately that it is coming back.

In January of last year, doctors were optimistic that Bajandar may presently leave the hospital and return to his normal life, however he has spent the last 12 months in the hospital, where he has been living together with his family, and his doctors currently say his case seems more difficult than they at first thought, AFP reported.

The Plight

Abul Bajandar and his daughter at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, India.
Credit: Sam Jahan/AFP/Getty

Bajandar has a rare genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis, according to news reports. People with this condition are more susceptible to human papillomavirus (HPV) infections on their skin, according to a 2010 report of the condition.

After the series of surgeries it has taken a toll on him , he said recently, “I am scared to have any more surgeries,” Bajandar told the AFP. “I don’t think my hands and feet will be okay again.”

Currently, there is no definitive cure for epidermodysplasia verruciformis, consistent with the 2010 paper. Such a sad situation to be in.

“Finding ways in which to deal with skin lesions in epidermodysplasia verruciformis patients is a constant struggle,” the paper said.

In addition to surgery, treatment can include medicine known as retinoids, which can curb cell growth and are typically used to treat skin conditions; and interferon, a protein made by the body to fight viruses.

Some of these treatments may be useful, however there is a good variation in how patients respond to them, the paper said. Indeed, though there are quite a few treatment choices, “none seem to be curative, and lesions usually recur after treatment cessation,” the paper concludes.

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