Aligarh Media Desk, Aligarh: For 40-year-old, Rahisul, a resident of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, abnormal movements on limb and face came as shock. After losing hopes of getting cured from many hospitals, he was diagnosed with the rare Autoimmune Encephalitis condition by specialists in the departments of Pathology and Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Rahisul now shows signs of recovery after going through the first ever, Plasmaphaeresis procedure done in JNMC’s Blood Bank.
Rahisul’s dead plasma cells with autoimmune antibodies were exchanged with normal fresh frozen plasma donated from the Blood Bank, JNMC.
Prof Sayeedul Hasan Arif (Incharge, Blood Bank) who led the therapy with Dr Smriti Prasad (Medical Officer, Blood Bank), Dr Suhailur Rehman and Dr Talha said that it is a very rare case in which the patient’s blood plasma need to be removed and exchanged with donor plasma.
“The immune system of Autoimmune Encephalitis patients attack healthy brain cells leading to neurologic and psychiatric symptoms,” said Dr Suhailur Rehman.
“Rahisul’s condition was initially undiagnosed in part because the concept that the immune system can affect brain function is just now entering conventional medical understanding,” said Dr M Reyazuddin and Dr Faisal who diagnosed Rahisul with the with Autoimmune Encephalitis condition.
The Patient’s Plasmapheresis procedure in JNMC was done at a very nominal cost affordable to people from lower income groups. The procedure usually costs over 1.5 lakhs Rupees in select hospitals.