Doctors help woman regain 'herself' from rare skin peeling disease
Kochi: Looking at Anamika, doctors at Medical Trust hospital said, “This is an unbelievable comeback. A girl who lost all the skin in her body. A girl, who the doctors feared would lose her eyesight. And now she has made a remarkable comeback to life.”
Anamika, who went abroad after marriage seven years back, returned to Kerala recently. On the 27th of last month, she noticed small blisters appearing up in her body. She sought treatment for it after it caused unbearable pain a couple of days later. After being admitted to the hospital, her skin got peeled off from her body completely.
Treatment and diagnosis
Anamika was treated by Dr. Soni George, the Head of Ophthalmology department along with Dr. P Jayashree and Dr. Ebin J Kulangara of the Medical Trust hospital.
"We believe that Anamika was suffering from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. There were many challenges in treating a disease that can only happen to one in a million. The biggest challenge was that she was about to lose her eyesight after her tear duct dried up. She was also very much vulnerable to infections”, the doctors said.
The patient was treated using Amniotic Membrane, which is found in the innermost layer of the placenta. She was also given antibiotics to avoid catching any sort of infections. After three weeks of treatment, skin gradually appeared in her body and she regained her shape.
It is a rare skin condition that causes skin peeling and blistering in the body. The patient can lose upto 10 percent of their skin. The patient can lose upto 30 percent of the skin if the disease is Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. This is found mainly in women. The disease can be caused by allergic reaction towards certain medicines.