Kasturba Hospital Doctors perform allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant

 Kasturba Hospital Doctors perform allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant
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Manipal, Feb 8, 2022: The team of doctors in Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal have successfully performed the first allogeneic bone marrow transplant for a young girl with an immune disorder (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis).

Two and half-year-old girl from Chitradurga had a fever and enlargement of lymph nodes when she came to Kasturba Hospital. She had lost her brother with the same complaints a few years ago.

The doctors who checked found an immune disorder. The only treatment option was a Bone Marrow transplant. Fortunately, her father was a 10/10 HLA match and was chosen as the donor.

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She underwent a bone marrow transplant successfully.

The team of doctors consisted of Dr. Vasudeva Bhat K, Dr. Archana M.V, Dr. Kalasekhar, Dr. Ramitha R Bhat, and Dr. Atul Achyutrao from the division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.

The transplant was supported by a team of doctors in the Blood bank led by Dr. Shamee Shastry. The family had a lot of financial issues towards treatment and was helped by many NGOs mainly the “Save a life” charitable trust.

She was on close follow-up since the transplant and presently has completed the one-year follow-up. She is doing very well and has been enrolled in school as well. Dr. Vinay M V, Pediatric bone marrow transplant physician from KMC Manipal said that the girl’s complex immune condition has been completely cured and BMT has worked as the elixir for her.

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“The need for BMT services in the country is huge. For a population of 130 crores, at least 10,000 transplants may be required each year. Currently, only about 2500 transplants are done in the country,” he said.

Medical Superintendent Dr. Avinash Shetty Medical Superintendent appreciated the joint teamwork of the doctors.
He said that the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology led by Dr. Vasudeva Bhat K, has been effectively managing complex hematological, oncological disorders including bone marrow transplants in children.

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