Doctors bring new insights about Auto Inflammatory Diseases at National Conference of Pediatric Rheumatology

Bengaluru, December 16, 2022:

Pediatric Rheumatology Society in association with IAP-Bangalore Pediatric Society and Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore, conducted the 20th National Conference of Pediatric Rheumatology (NCPR) 2022 recently. The conference was attended by 250 doctors across India.

During the conference, international faculty – Prof. Marco Gattorno (Italy), Prof. AV Ramanan (UK) and Prof. Chris Scott (South Africa) spoke on emerging diseases in Rheumatology and discussed new treatments for these diseases.

“Autoinflammatory diseases are a newly described group of genetic diseases where the immune system attacks one’s own tissues and they are different from the conventional autoimmune diseases. Our understanding about these diseases is only expanding and there is an urgent need to increase awareness regarding these diseases in our country. Prof. Marco Gattorno is a leading expert in this field and his deliberations would immensely benefit patients in India”, said Dr. Sagar Bhattad, Consultant, Pediatric Rheumatologist and Immunologist at Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore.

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“What causes rheumatic diseases is poorly understood. However, with advances in genetics, many of these diseases are being re-defined and so is their treatment. Pediatricians and Rheumatologists across the country attended this meeting and discussed in length – the current and the future options available for treatment of these diseases”, said Dr. Anand P Rao, Organizing Chairperson.

Dr. Bhattad, Organizing Secretary, further stated, “Two children with very rare autoinflammatory diseases inaugurated the function. Master Pratik (Name Changed) is the first child with “SHARPENIA” in the world and Miss Sirin (Name Changed) is the first case of “Otulin defect” in the country. “We have a long way to go and more needs to be done to increase awareness about these diseases. Such meetings would make pediatricians and physicians diagnose these patients early.”

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