25 Diseases You Wouldn’t Like To Have

#20 – Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva – FOP

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva is an extremely rare genetic disorder that attacks the connective tissue. This disease is caused by the impairment of the body’s repair mechanism which causes muscles, tendons, and ligaments to turn into bones.

This disease is so rare that it is said that it occurs to only one person per 2,000,000 people. Throughout the world, only 700 confirmed cases of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva have been confirmed and 285 of them were in the United States. The first sign of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva can be seen in a newborn if the baby has an unusually big toe.

Unfortunately, there is no therapy for FOP. Even when excessive bones are removed with surgery, it provokes the body to build even more unnecessary bones.

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.