25 Diseases You Wouldn’t Like To Have

#22 – Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome – VHL


Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome is an extremely rare genetic disorder that is inherited. The syndrome is characterized by making its sufferer grow various tumors called hemangioblastomas or angiomas in various parts of their body.

The most common sites for these tumors are the spinal cord, the brain, the adrenal glands, and the inside of the eye. This disease also causes Renal Cell Carcinoma and it can also lead to the development of tumors in the pancreas and the lungs. If not treated and managed, this disease can cause strokes and heart attacks which can eventually lead to death.

Written by Harry Steinman

At the age of 18, Harry started a 5-year adventure to explore Southeast Asia and India. He has studied Eastern medicine and the art of yoga throughout his travels with the hopes of one day opening a holistic wellness and yoga center in North America. He's a lifelong learner and has the desire to share his findings with the rest of the world.