A nine-year-old Harini (name changed) from Gobichettipalayam was recently brought to KG Hospital in an unconscious condition and recurring episodes of seizures.

According to KG Hospital Chairman Dr G.Bakthavathsalam, the patient was suffering from an unusual physical condition called “auto-immune disease.” The school-going girl returned home one day with a complaint of drowsiness and severe headache.

She was referred to a local hospital at Erode where she was kept in the intensive care unit for 6 days. As her condition did not improve, the Erode hospital told her parents to take her home.

However, on the advice of a relative Dr Suga, the parents brought the patient to KG Hospital. At the time of admission she was running a high temperature and was gradually slipping into unconscious state.

Root cause

The patient got epilepsy fits for 10 to 12 times a day. Chief Neurologist of KG Hospital Dr T.C.R.Ramakrishnan diagnosed the patient to find out the root cause for her condition.

The patient was found to be suffering from autoimmune encephalitis, commonly known as “brain fever” or infection in the meningitis (brain membrane). Subsequently, a number of tests, including CT, MRI, Lumbar puncture and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), were conducted but these tests were proved negative.

She was kept in Intensive Care Unit for 10 days and administered steroids, immunoglobulin and acyclovir (an antiviral drug) empirically. Now, the patient has improved dramatically.

“Thanks to referral doctor Dr Suga, the patient got the timely treatment in the hands of Dr Ramachandran, a great neurologist with humaneness. We feel proud to have Dr Ramachandran in KG Hospital family,” Dr Bakthavathsalam added.

The patient’s father Mr Karuppasamy thanked Dr Bakthavathsalam for the utmost care bestowed upon his daughter and got her well. He also expressed his indebtedness to doctors and nurses for their kind and loving care give to his daughter.

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