A newborn baby was diagnosed with Sturge Weber Syndrome – a rare genetic condition impacting one in every 50,000 infants – by the doctors at Thumbay Hospital Ajman and successfully underwent 2 surgeries each in both the eyes

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

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

The one week old baby’s state ended up being first detected by doctors of Thumbay Hospital’s NICU, who alerted Dr. Ahmed as soon as they detected clouding of the cornea, with symptoms indicating Sturge Weber Syndrome.

Detailed examinations revealed that the baby had discolorations on both sides of the face and the body, not a standard symptom of Sturge Weber Syndrome. What was even more alarming was that both the eyes of the child had elevated pressure inside, causing clouding of the eye. This too wasn’t like the standard glaucoma that comes with Sturge Weber, usually impacting only one eye.

After conversations with the pediatric neonatologist and the clinical neurology experts, and after performing all the necessary investigations to confirm the diagnosis, the staff led by Dr. Ahmed decided to examine the newborn under general anesthesia to detect the precise pressure and the extent of glaucoma. At the exact same time, the mom and dad were counseled and informed that if the examinations revealed symptoms of glaucoma, surgery might be carried out to treat it and to try and preserve as much vision as possible, as waiting lacking taking action might result in serious impairment of the newborn’s vision.