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Meet The Man Who Now Looks Like ‘The Hulk’ After 30 Years Of Heavy Drink­ing Left Him Dis­fig­ured (Pho­tos)

A pen­sion­er who reg­u­lar­ly drank a litre of spir­its every day has been left “look­ing like the Hulk” after fat­ty tumours devel­oped all over his upper body.

The 68-year-old, known only as Tan, drank rice wine, a tra­di­tion­al Asian alco­holic drink made from rice, “like water” for more than 30 years.
He claims his fam­i­ly let him start drink­ing at 13 and after he turned 40, alco­hol became part of his dai­ly diet.
As a result of his pro­longed heavy drink­ing Tan, from Xiangyang City in Cen­tral China’s Hunan Province, was diag­nosed with Madelung’s dis­ease, a rare con­di­tion that caus­es the growth of fat­ty tumours on the upper body.
Tan’s neck is almost the same size as an aver­age man’s waist and it restricts his air­flow, leav­ing him strug­gling to breathe at times.
He first noticed the fat­ty lumps form­ing in 1997 and by 2011 his neck had swelled to its cur­rent size.
Now, his doc­tors are plan­ning to sur­gi­cal­ly remove Tan’s tumours but they are like­ly to return if Tan con­tin­ues to drink heav­i­ly.
“There are only 400-some­thing cas­es of this dis­ease world­wide,” Doc­tor Xiao Xup­ing from the Hunan Provin­cial People’s Hos­pi­tal in Chang­sha said.
“Some 200 of them have hap­pened in Chi­na.”
A doc­tor exam­in­ing him
Madelung’s dis­ease is a dis­or­der of fat metab­o­lism that results in an unusu­al accu­mu­la­tion of fat deposits around the neck and shoul­der areas.
Adult alco­holic males are most often affect­ed, although women and those who do not drink alco­hol can also devel­op the con­di­tion.
The fat­ty deposits may grow rapid­ly or over a pro­longed peri­od of time.
The tumours are not can­cer­ous but may be uncom­fort­able and, if they devel­op on the neck, can inhib­it breath­ing.
The exact cause of the con­di­tion is not known, but it is thought to be linked to the body’s inabil­i­ty to metabolise fat prop­er­ly — some­thing that can be hin­dered by alco­holism.

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