Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City have been able to cure a young girl of an extremely rare skin disorder which has only been reported on 72 patients worldwide.
The patient, 13-year-old N.T.N.D. from the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, suffered from the Mucha-Habermannb disease, her doctors said at a conference on dermatology in the southern metropolis on Tuesday.
Early signs of her skin disorder included red scaly skin that ulcerated and gave rise to open sores.
The condition later developed into large ulcers that affected the patient’s face, scalp, body, arms, legs, palms, and feet, as well as the mucous membranes of her lips, nose, and genitals.
D. also experienced such symptoms as high fever, fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain, dry cough, and an enlarged liver.
Her family previously took her to numerous infirmaries in Ben Tre but the situation did not improve.
The young girl was eventually admitted to the Children’s Hospital 1 in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City and later transferred to the Hospital of Dermato-Venereology in District 3.
D. was first treated with antibiotics and corticosteroids, to which the patient’s body did not respond.
Doctors decided to give her Methotrexate, which is often used in treating several types of cancer.
D.’s treatment ended successfully after over two months.
The doctors did not say when she first had the condition and was taken to Ho Chi Minh City for treatment.
According to Dr. Hoang Van Minh, a Ho Chi Minh City-based dermatologist, the Mucha-Habermannb disease, fully known as Ulceronecrotic Mucha-Habermann, is a rare and severe skin disorder characterized by destructive ulceronecrotic lesions and frequently accompanied by fever and other systemic symptoms.
The disease has only been recorded on 72 patients, 38 of whom are children, across the world, Dr. Minh said.
The doctor added that D. is the first Vietnamese patient to be affected by the disease.