Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre has performed world's first surgery on a tumour patients suffering from SCA-12.
Dr Paresh Doshi, Director Neuro Surgery, told media today that they have successfully performed the surgery on a 57-year-old-female patient hailing from Kharghar area of Navi Mumbai.
SCA is a hereditary, progressive, degenerative, and often fatal ailment.There was no known effective treatment or cure for it until a couple days ago. The disease is usually caused by recessive or a dominant gene. In many cases people are not even aware that they carry a relevant gene until they have children who begin to show signs of having the same.
The symptoms of SCA-12 start with a mild tremor of the hands and gradually affect any sort of movement (including walking). Eventually, it leads to significant loss of limb co-ordination, eye movement co-ordination and even results in slurred speech.
Maya (name changed) was living healthy life until she started showing some symptoms like involuntary nodding of head in the year 2003. Eventually, her symptoms started increasing, and she started having tremors in her right hand which then progressed to left as well. Gradually she started having difficulty while walking, and needed support.
After a thorough research, the experts decided to use a novel target that is caudal zona incerta for the control of these tremors.
Dr Doshi said, SCA-12 mainly affects a particular community and has intrigued doctors for nearly a decade since the definite gene test for its diagnosis has now become available. The disease is very disabling and incapacitating, as no medical or surgical treatment was available. "We decided to offer the surgery based on the available literature evidence," he added.
Commenting on the surgery Dr Tarang, CEO, Jaslok Hospital, said 'It gives us an immense pleasure to see the efforts of Dr Paresh Doshi and his team has taken to execute this treatment so seamlessly. UNI ST NV CJ SNU 1429
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