Aster Hospital performs surgery on rare eye infection on Dubai patient

DUBAI, August 4th 2015: Aster Hospital, Aster DM Healthcare’s flagship hospital in Dubai has successfully operated and treated a rare eye infection of a patient from Dubai before the condition worsened.

The patient, a 55-year old woman who was suffering from sudden swelling of the eyelid sought help at the seven-month old Aster Hospital after various tests in facilities showed no alarming results. Dr. Vikram Mohindra, Aster Hospital’s ophthalmologist however, took a particular interest. The patient was then found suffering from a parasitic infection called Dirofilariasis caused by mosquito bites. According to the Journal of Parasitic Diseases, there are 800 reported cases worldwide of Dirofilariasis since it was first documented in 1885. However, there is an alarming concern of increased incidence and it is now considered an emerging zoonosis or disease coming from animals.

The surgical team led by Dr. Vikram Mohindra successfully extracted a 12cm filarial worm and the patient’s eyelid was repaired. The patient has now fully recovered, especially since the disease was found at an early stage.

“Aster Hospital maybe a relatively new hospital but we have already proven a high level of experience and expertise by dealing with this rare case alongside other challenging procedures. Aster Hospital is committed to the advancement of medical development for the general wellbeing of our patients in the UAE. The case is also a good example of encouraging patients to pay attention to what their bodies are telling them and have it checked by physicians when something is not normal – it can save lives,” said Dr. Mohindra.

Patient Mrs. Vineeta M. said: “I am truly grateful to Dr. Mohindra for his keenness in taking up my case which proves to be a good call. It pays to trust your instincts – mine in seeking a second opinion and Dr. Mohindra for investigating my case. My life is back to normal now and I can see without obstruction or discomfort.”

Opened in January 2015, Aster hospital has made great strides in its efforts to achieve medical service excellence in various specialties. Specialties of the hospital include: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Endocrinology, Urology, Neurology, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dermatology, Pulmonology, Audiology and Physiotherapy, and emergency care.

The hospital also performs advanced procedures in Orthopedics such as joint replacement and spine surgery, as well as advanced procedures in the field of General Surgery. It boasts cutting-edge technology and a Level 3 ICU for new born babies.

Aster Hospital is part of Dr. Azad Moopen’s vision to expand the offering of advanced medical facilities in the region. This 100-bed hospital run by Aster DM Healthcare, opened in January. Located in Mankhool, Bur Dubai, it is spread over 190,000 square feet. Other under-construction projects include a hospital in Qusais and a boutique woman and child hospital on Shaikh Zayed Road.