Although it sounds like a strange cult that worships those weird little angel babies that populate Renaissance paintings, Cherubism is actually a rare genetic disorder that causes people's faces to swell at alarming rates.
At its most mild, this strange malady makes its victims look slightly puffy, like cherubs. At its most severe, the swelling causes blindness and intense disfigurement.
This is a mild case of Cherubism in a 37-year-old woman.
If you look closely at her jaw, you'll see that her face is a bit puffy, and that her head takes on an almost gourd-like appearance.
This is what a severe case of Cherubism looks like. The patient's mandible has been taken over by a web of cysts and fibrous tissues.
Shockingly, he is only 10 years old.
Although virtually painless, severe cases of Cherubism can cause speech impediments, loss of teeth, and blindness.
There is currently no cure for Cherubism, but surgical procedures can remove some of the abnormal tissue. Because it is a genetic disorder, there is no way to prevent it, either. There are only 200 documented cases of Cherubism in the world today.