10 Oddest named Health Conditions you probably Never Heard of.

You probably never have even heard of these most oddly named health conditions.

  1. Cornelia de Lange Syndrome   This has got to be the number one most oddest because it not only has one odd name but actually it has 3 odd names because it is also called Bushy Syndrome and Amsterdam Dwarfism. Even the acronym, CdLS, looks odd to me. CdLS is a specific type of childhood dwarfism.
  2. Keratosis Pilaris   And here is another with 3 odd names because it is also called follicular keratosis and chicken skin. Yep -- your skin feels like chicken skin if you have inflammation near the hair follicles.
  3. Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease   But it has nothing to do with our Teeth! It is a group of inherited disorders of the peripheral nervous system.
  4. Moyamoya Disease/Syndrome   Moyamoya syndrome is a disease in which certain arteries in the brain are constricted. Sounds like some obscure jungle infection to me.
  5. Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis    It is a disease of the bile ducts that causes inflammation and obstruction of bile ducts. Why don't they just say that. Can you even pronounce it?
  6. Giant Cell Arteritis    Also named Horton disease, temporal arteritis, or cranial arteritis. It is an inflammatory disease of blood vessels, usually arteries of the head. It is a form of vasculitis. Do you think the Elephant Horton will get this disease??? Is that why they named it after him?
  7. Torticollis    And here is another one with 3 odd names because it is also named Wry Neck and Loxia. It is a baby's abnormal asymmetrical head or neck position. If you see a picture you will understand.
  8. Blepharitis    It is a chronic inflammation of the Eyelid. You see, Blephar means Eyelid.
  9. Lichen Planus and Lichen Sclerosus    I lumped these together because of their similar but odd names. And guess what: even though they have similar names, they are entirely different conditions. I thought Lichen is a moss-like plant! Lichen Planus is a chronic mucocutaneous disease that affects the skin, tongue, and oral mucosa. Lichen Sclerosus is a disease of unknown cause that results in white patches on the skin, which may cause scarring.
  10. Bullous Pemphigoid    You see Bullae are blisters. It is an autoimmune skin disease involving blisters. Sometimes it is spelled pemigold. Unless you have it, you probably never have heard of it, right? Don't ask me to pronounce it.

But don't worry. If you or anyone you know ever gets any of them we have treatments for them all.

I probably found this information at wikipedia.com.

Originally posted November 23, 2013.

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