'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 9: Dr Lee meets Kenny with over 400 lumps on his body from rare disease
UPLAND, CALIFORNIA: Dr Pimple Popper has disclosed everything you need to know about blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, pimples, cysts, and nodules over the years. Now she will begin the new season with a patient who has a condition that Dr Sandra Lee has herself encountered for the first time.
Dr Sandra Lee, a dermatologist and TLC celebrity, will debut the new season of her popular reality show on April 5. In the first episode, she meets Kenny, one of her patients. Kenny was born with an uncommon genetic disorder that causes hundreds of tumors to form all over his body. Given the condition's rarity and severity, it ranks as one of the most difficult challenges Dr Lee has faced to date. Scroll down to find out more about Kenny and how he's doing now.
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Kenny has a rare condition called Gardner syndrome and over 400 tumors on his body. Will Dr. Lee be able to help him?— TLC Network (@TLC) April 4, 2023
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Who is Kenny?
Dr Lee begins her season with Kenny as one of her first patients. He was born with Gardner syndrome that is apparently a genetically inherited condition. Gardner's syndrome is a relatively uncommon hereditary disease. It generally results in innocuous or noncancerous growth at first. It is a form of familial adenomatous polyposis, which leads to colorectal cancer over time.
Gardner's syndrome can cause growth in different parts of the body. Tumors are most frequently discovered in the intestines, and in significant quantities at times. They tend to get bigger as you get older. Growths such as fibromas, desmoid tumors, and sebaceous cysts, which are fluid-filled growths under the epidermis, can form in addition to polyps on the colon. Gardner's syndrome patients may develop eye tumors on the retina.
Kenny says he had more than 40–50 operations between the ages of 8 and 18. A large portion of it was spent removing tumors. Before he reached 18, he had his final surgery, which placed his health in jeopardy. He hasn't had another operation in 12 years.
What happened to Kenny on 'Dr Pimple Popper'?
In a preview released by TLC, Dr Lee tells viewers about Gardner syndrome. She says, "Gardner syndrome is a very rare condition, in fact, I have never seen this before. It's one in a million people. It's a congenital condition. Meaning that you're born with it. You can have supernumerary teeth, meaning like rows of teeth. You can see even effects in the retina, colon issues, digestive issues, skin findings, like a lot of different bumps on the skin. Predominantly epidermoid cysts." Dr Lee sounded really excited to see Kenny, but she was apprehensive about the fact that she was about to see someone who has an extreme form of the condition. She is sure she can cope with a normal epidermoid cyst, but if someone has Gardner syndrome, they may be a little different. She doesn't know if she can assist them until she takes a good look at Kenny's lumps.
Dr Lee informs Kenny that she has never seen a patient with Gardner condition. She's willing to wager that many physicians haven't seen them. Dr Lee examines Kenny's lumps more closely. She refers to them as inflamed cysts. The lumps are described as cysts and lipomas by her. She asks Kenny if there are any lumps that trouble him in particular. Kenny stated that he has a couple of large ones on his back that bother him. He can't go scuba diving as the mask won't cover his forehead.
Dr Lee was shocked to see the lumps on his back as well as on his face. She thinks they are epidermoid cysts, but Gardner syndrome has so many different skin manifestations that she can't be sure what any of these are.
Tune into TLC on Wednesday, April 5 at 9/8c to catch the season premiere of 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 9 and also find out if Dr Sandra Lee was successful in helping Kenny.