The shocking facts about tree man syndrome
Tree man syndrome first gained international attention when Discovery Channel featured an Indonesian man named Dede Koswara, also known as ‘Tree Man’, on a documentary entitled ‘Half Man Half tree’. Many were baffled to see a man who seems to be covered in bark. Here are some of the shocking facts about the Tree Man syndrome:
1 It can be caused by a common sexually transmitted wart virus infection
According to the study conducted by Dr. Anthony Gaspari, an American dermatologist of the University of Maryland working on the case of Dede Koswara- one of the very few known casualties of the disease from Indonesia, the man’s illness was prompted by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), an impartially common infection among sexually active men and women. HPV takes over the skin cells, producing large amounts of Keratin on the skin, hence, subjects of the infection generally develop warts around the moist layers of their genital areas or at times, in their hands and feet. It infects approximately 80% of the general population with most people being carriers only with no noticeable symptoms.