A press conference “Kushing’s disease – how a rare children’s disease can
be diagnosed, monitored and treated” will be held today, March 14th
2014, in the plenary hall of the Medical University of Varna.
The press conference is organized on the occasion of the case of the 12-year-old
Antoan who suffers from this rare disease (1 per 1 000 000 annually, even less common in children), and
the therapeutical success achieved by specialists endocrinologists and surgeons
at the University Hospital “St. Marina” in Varna.
Antoan was only 6 years old when Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova – a specialist in
pediatric endocrinology at the University Hospital “St. Marina” in Varna-
diagnosed the disease. The adenoma of the child’s pituitary gland uncontrollably
secreted a hormone which made the adrenal glands produce very high quantities
of cortisol. As a result, the children suffering from this condition, stop
growing up, change their mood, put on weight, develop an immune deficiency,
hypertension, fungal infections and suffer from a muscle weakness.
On February 21st 2014, Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov, Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Kolev, Dr. Anton Tonev, Dr. Eleonora Zheleva (anesthesiologist) from Varna
University Hospital performed a life-saving operation on the boy –removal of
the adrenal glands. Antoan’s case is the first of bilateral endoscopic
adrenalectomy in Bulgaria.
Apart from Prof. Ivanov and Yotova’s team, Antoan’s mother will also take
part in the meeting. At the end of the event, Vanya Dobreva from the National
Alliance of the People with Rare Disease and the students from the Association
of the Medical Students in Varna will present their latest joint initiative -
an exhibition of 12 photos of 12 people with rare diseases. The exhibition will
remain on show in the University until the end of March.