Al-Mosawi AJ1,2* 1Advisor in Pediatrics and Pediatric Psychiatry, Children Teaching Hospital of Baghdad Medical City, Baghdad, Iraq 2Head, Iraq Headquarter of Copernicus Scientists International Panel, Baghdad, Iraq
Corresponding Author: Aamir Jalal Al Mosawi ORCID ID Address: Department of Pediatrics, Children Teaching Hospital, Baghdad Medical City, Baghdad, Iraq. Received date: 26 August 2020; Accepted date: 19 September 2020; Published date: 30 September 2020
Citation: Al-Mosawi AJ. Childhood Seeligmüller Strümpell Philip Disease: The First Case in Iraq and a Review of the Early Historic Documentation of the Disease in the Literature. Asp J Pediatrics Child Health. 2020 Sept 30;2(2):52-55.
Seeligmüller Strümpell Philip disease is characterized by familial progressive spastic paraplegia or paraparesis associated with a progressive deterioration of gait. The disorder is genetically heterogeneous and can be inherited in an autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive or X-linked recessive manner. The mode of inheritance involved has a direct impact on the chances of inheriting the disorder. The cornerstone of treatment is the use of various muscle relaxants. The disorder has not been reported or documented in Iraq. This paper aims to report the first case of childhood Seeligmüller Strümpell Philip disease in an Iraqi girl. Patients and Methods: A thirteen-year girl with childhood Seeligmüller Strümpell Philip disease who developed systemic lupus erythematosus is described and the early historic documentation of Seeligmüller Strümpell Philip disease in the medical literature is briefly updated. Results: The diagnosis of Seeligmüller Strümpell Philip disease in this girl was based on clinical findings and supported by electromyography and nerve conduction studies. Brain MRI showed normal findings. Few weeks before the patient was seen, they took her outside Iraq to Medipol Mega complex of Hospitals for treatment. They performed tenotomy and tenoplasty of the hip adductors, achilloplasty, and posterior capsule relaxation. When the girl was first seen at the Children Teaching Hospital of Baghdad Medical City, the parents regretted taking her outside Iraq for treatment as she didn’t show any improvement, and was still using the wheelchair. Conclusion: Unfortunately, the girl was seen too late, and despite consulting many doctors in Iraq and outside Iraq, she didn’t receive appropriate evidence based treatment and was treated unsatisfactorily surgically.