Thursday, November 24, 2011

Woman who ages overnight getting younger

Phuong at present.

According to Prof., Dr. Dang Van Phuoc, the hospital’s deputy director, Phuong’s skin condition has improved and her face looks younger with less wrinkles. The current treatment helps to erase 25 to 30 percent of Phuong’s itched and wrinkled skin. The woman is in good health and has gained two kilos.

Phuong is actually suffering from Mastocytosis and Acquired Cutis Laxa, according to the result of a skin biopsy conducted by medical experts at Baylor University in Texas and tested by MD Anderson Cancer Center in the US, announced Prof., Dr. Phuoc on November 21.

Mastocytosis is a disorder caused by the presence of too many mast cells which produce a number of symptoms like skin lesions, diarrhea, abdominal discomforts and other infections.

Meanwhile, Acquired Cutis Laxa tends to follow (and may be caused by) severe illness characterized by fever, inflammation, and a severe skin rash (erythema multiforme), an injury to the nerves that control blood vessel dilation and contraction, or an autoimmune condition.

Phuong’s condition is very rare since she is the second patient among seven billion people on the planet to have been diagnosed with Mastocytosis and Acquired Cutis Laxa.

According to Dr. Phuoc, Phuong will be treated for two or three more months before undergoing a plastic surgery to remove the deep wrinkles on her face.

The woman, who had grabbed headlines at home and abroad because of her strange condition, said red rashes “suddenly” appeared on her face “for no reason” four years ago. The face became itchy and later turned wrinkled.

She has always stood by her conviction that neither seafood nor any other kind of food allergy is the cause of her disease.

Except for her aged face and hands, her voice is as sweet as an 18-year-old girl. She eats, drinks and walks like a young woman.

Phuong’s old photos and latest photos after nearly two months of treatment: