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You’ve never seen anything like the bowels of a 22-year-old man from China who has suffered from a rare condition called Hirschsprung’s disease since birth.

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The disease causes insufficient muscle contraction and a blockage of the large intestine, leading to fecal buildup and constipation over 22 years that looks like this:

According to Inverse, the man was so bloated he appeared to be nine months pregnant. Laxatives didn’t help and, despite the man’s obviously weird condition over the course of his entire life, his parents didn’t believe it was serious.

Meanwhile, doctors said, it looked like his abdomen “could explode at any time.”

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