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A child with an extremely rare disease was cured by us


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.