Sjögren’s syndrome: Doctor treats a girl with rare disease

Since last four years, 14-year-old Riddhi Kadam (name changed) suffered from throbbing headache.  Her condition didn’t improve even after taking treatment from the doctors. Her health started deteriorating and she was admitted to Fortis Hiranandani Hospital Vashi. There, doctor diagnose her with Sjögren's syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome: Doctor treats a girl with rare diseases

  • Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease. It is a disorder of your immune system identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth.
  • Dr Pawan Ojha is a Consultant Neuro Physician associated with Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi started treating her.

Speaking about the same, “In the beginning, Lumbar Puncture procedure was performed on Riddhi. Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) is performed in your lower back, in the lumbar region. During lumbar puncture, a needle is inserted between two lumbar bones (vertebrae) to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid – the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord to protect them from injury. In which cerebrospinal fluid nerves were in present in the large form. She was diagnosed with meningitis. Due to Sjögren’s syndrome, she suffered from meningitis. After treating her for aseptic meningitis and cerebrospinal fluid, the episodes of headaches didn’t occur.”

Riddhi was discharged after treatment and she has to go for follow-up after every 3 months.

Professor, Dr Ashwinikumar Patil, neurologist at KEM Hospital said, “Sjögren’s syndrome is a rare condition. It occurs in women and men after the age of 40. In one lakh one person suffers from it.  It is less common in children.  One can suffer from it due to low immunity or brain disorders. Though, patients can be fine after the treatment.”

Symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome:

  • Dry cough
  • Dry eyes
  • A dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle or joint pain