The human body is capable of many things, including miraculous feats of strength and a surprising ability to bounce back from damage. We also know our bodies are complicated systems that can malfunction and turn on us, creating rare medical conditions which sound like legends told around a campfire. One of these is Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a condition in which people whose muscles turn to bone slowly lose all mobility and eventually perish.
Can people really turn to stone? Technically no, but people's bodies can turn on them and calcify parts of their bodies - such as the muscles and tendons - and cause a tremendous amount of pain. Continue reading for "stone man syndrome" facts and learn how this rare but dangerous disease takes hold.
It Turns Soft Tissue Into Bone Throughout The Body
The Disorder Can Cause Malnutrition And Difficulty Breathing
Muscle Damage Can Lead To An Increase In Ossification
Surgery Would Only Make The Disease Worse For The Sufferer
This Disorder Is Exceedingly Rare
Researchers Have Found Success In Stopping The Disease With An Antibody Tested On Mice