Beating Hoyeraal Hreidarsson Syndrome
Overview: Meera (name changed) was diagnosed with Thrombocytopenia – abnormal low-levels of platelets when she was barely 6-month-old.
Challenges: Her blood platelet count would drop frequently with a high fever. She would catch several infections. Platelets were transfused monthly, yet she had no significant improvement.
Procedure: At HBII, Dr. S.K Gupta diagnosed her with Hoyeraal Hreidarsson syndrome- an extremely rare multisystem X-linked recessive disorder. A BMT procedure was suggested by the doctor. Meera’s 16-month-old sister was the donor. 12-13 transfusions later, there was noticeable progress in Meera’s condition.
A fight against Severe Aplastic Anemia
Overview: Aruna’s (name changed) platelet count was below 1 lakh. Tests revealed she was dengue positive.
Challenges: A hematologist at a corporate hospital diagnosed her with ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia), in which platelets get destroyed by one’s own body cells. After several tests, she was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. Her bone marrow was not producing enough blood cells. Even after several platelet transmissions, her health deteriorated.
Procedure: After the appointment at HBII, Dr. S.K Gupta confirmed Aruna had Severe Aplastic Anemia and not ITP. In Aruna’s case, RDP (Random Donor Platelets) and RBC (Red Blood Cells) were transfused once and her health improved.