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Newborn infant with Sturge Weber Glaucoma Saved from Permanent Eye Damage through Timely procedures

A newborn baby was diagnosed with Sturge Weber Syndrome – a uncommon inherited condition impacting 1 in every 50,000 infants – by the physicians at Thumbay Hospital Ajman and successfully underwent 2 surgeries each in both their eyes

A 7-day-old newborn baby with Sturge Weber Syndrome underwent multiple eye surgeries at Thumbay Hospital – Ajman, to escape lasting eye problems. The surgeries were performed by a team led by Dr. Ahmed Atef Abdelhamid Shabana, Specialist – Ophthalmology.

A uncommon condition believed to affect 1 in 50,000 infants, Sturge Weber Syndrome’s precise cause is not really known, but it is associated to gene mutation. It usually causes dermatological effects such as a mark of the face usually referred to port wine mark, neurological effects usually in the form of seizures as well as eye condition usually linked to glaucoma.

The one week old baby’s state ended up being first detected by physicians of Thumbay Hospital’s NICU, who informed Dr. Ahmed as soon as they noticed clouding of the cornea, with signs signifying Sturge Weber Syndrome.

Comprehensive examinations revealed that the baby had discolorations on both sides of the face and their body, not a typical symptom of Sturge Weber Syndrome. What was still more alarming was that both the eyes of the newborn had increased pressure inside, causing clouding of the eye. This too was not like the typical glaucoma that comes with Sturge Weber, usually impacting just one eye.

Immediately after discussions with the pediatric neonatologist and the neurology specialists, and after performing all the necessary examinations to confirm the diagnosis, the team led by Dr. Ahmed decided to examine the newborn under general anesthesia to identify the precise pressure and the degree of glaucoma. At the same time, the parents were counseled and informed that if the examinations revealed symptoms of glaucoma, surgery might be performed to treat it and to try and maintain as much eyesight as possible, as waiting without taking action could result in severe impairment of the newborn’s eyesight.