Vietnamese doctors saves Cambodian with lupus

Leading Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday announced it has saved a Cambodian man suffering Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and infections.

A medical worker talks to the Cambodian man about his health condition (Photo: SGGP)

A medical worker talks to the Cambodian man about his health condition (Photo: SGGP)

31 year old Cambodian man Chum Chetra was hospitalized hospital when he had belly pain with fever. He was diagnosed with SLE and transferred to Cho Ray on July 10 where physicians concluded the patient was infected by Staphylococcus aureus.

Moreover, he was positive for Lupus, Osler's nodes on pulmonary valve leading to abscess on the valve.
Immediately, doctors of four wards including Joint, tropical disease, hear and recuperation met to discuss treatment and they finally decided to give the patient strong antibiotics and anti-fungal along with a heart operation.
The 6 hour open-heart surgery was performed to replace pulmonary valve and put extracorporeal life support (ECLS). Seven days later, the Cambodian man recovered and his organs worked well.
Head of Recuperation after Heart Surgery Dr. Nguyen Thai An said that is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in many parts of the body. Most patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus develop secondary heart diseases including pericardial effusion, myocarditis, pleural effusion, pneumonia, glomerulonephritis, blood shortage and bleeding.

By THANH AN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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