Doctors at a city hospital performed life-saving surgery on a one-year-old boy suffering from rare neurological disorder dancing eye-dancing feet syndrome.

At just one Ayaan was diagnosed with a rarest of rare condition–a dancing eye-dancing feet syndrome–that causes abnormal jerky movements of the eyes, head, trunk, and extremities. With a rare occurrence of 1 in 10 million, this medical condition represents a serious problem with a tumor near the lung and heart arteries.

“Initial assessment of the child revealed a neurological disorder which appears to be the result of an immune process involving the nervous system. A rare presentation of a tumor originating from neural tissue (neuroblastoma) was diagnosed. MRI of the chest and spine revealed a well defined moderately enhancing tumor close to the side of the chest. The tumor was lying close to the major vessel (aorta),” said Dr. Prashant Jain, Consultant, Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Urology, BLK Super Specialty Hospital.

The challenge for the doctors was to remove the tumor completely without damaging adjacent organs. After much deliberations, doctors decided for the relatively painless minimal invasive surgery as the open surgery was fraught with risks and long hospitalization. “We explained to the parents of the boy about the risk involved and the need for postoperative ventilation. We performed the surgery under general anesthesia with keyhole incisions… Another difficult task was to dissect tumor without damaging adjacent organs,” Jain said.

Ayaan was operated upon in the last week of May and the tumor was successfully removed. He was discharged after two days. “Biopsy and genetic testing confirmed our preoperative diagnosis of neuroblastoma,” the doctor said.


Author's Bio: 

Dr Prashant Jain is a young and dynamic pediatric surgeon and pediatric urologist. He has been trained in premier institutes, King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM), Mumbai and Kalawati Saran children’s hospital, New Delhi. He has been a meritorious student throughout his medical career and was gold medalist in his training in pediatric surgery and pediatric urology. He has special expertise and vast experience in pediatric urology and pediatric minimal invasive surgery. He was fortunate to get opportunity to work in Great Ormond Street, London.