Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College

Pune, India

Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College

Pune, India
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Shaikh N.,National Dairy Research Institute | Gupte A.,Johns Hopkins University | Dharmshale S.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Pokkali S.,Johns Hopkins University | And 14 more authors.
International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease | Year: 2017

S E T T ING: The tuberculin skin test (TST) and interferongamma release assays (IGRAs) are used as supportive evidence to diagnose active tuberculosis (TB). Novel IGRAs could improve diagnosis, but data are lacking in young children. DESIGN: Children (age 65 years) with suspected TB were prospectively screened at a tertiary hospital in Pune, India; the children underwent TST, and standard (early secretory antigenic target 6 and culture filtrate protein 10) and enhanced (five additional novel antigens) enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISpot) assays. RESULT S : Of 313 children (median age 30 months) enrolled, 92% had received bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccination, 53% were malnourished and 9% were coinfected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); 48 (15%) had TB, 128 (41%) did not, and TB could not be ruled out in 137 (44%). The sensitivity of enhanced (45%) and standard (42%) ELISpot assays for diagnosing TB was better than that of TST (20%) (P 6 0.03); however, enhanced ELISpot was not more sensitive than the standard ELISpot assay (P = 0.50). The specificity of enhanced ELISpot, standard ELISpot and TST was respectively 82% (95%CI 74-89), 88% (95%CI 81-94) and 98% (95%CI 93-100). Rv3879c and Rv3615c, previously reported to be promising antigens, failed to improve the diagnostic performance of the ELISpot assay. CONCLUS ION: The TST and the standard and novel ELISpot assays performed poorly in diagnosing active TB among young children in India. © 2017 The Union.


PubMed | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Type: | Journal: Tuberculosis research and treatment | Year: 2014

We compared antituberculosis treatment (ATT) adherence and outcomes among patients exposed to Photovoice (video of previously cured TB patients sharing experiences about TB treatment) versus those not exposed. The odds of successful outcome (i.e., cured or completing treatment) for the 135 patients who watched Photovoice were 3 times greater (odds ratio: 2.8; 95% CI: 1.3-6.1) than for patients who did not watch Photovoice. The comparison group, on average, missed more doses (10.9 doses; 95% CI: 6.6-11.1) than the intervention group who saw Photovoice (5.5 doses; 95% CI: 3.7-6.1). Using Photovoice at initiation of ATT has the potential to improve treatment adherence and outcomes.


PubMed | Johns Hopkins Clinical Trials Unit, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: BMJ open | Year: 2016

Tuberculosis disease (TB) remains an important global health threat. An evidence-based response, tailored to local disease epidemiology in high-burden countries, is key to controlling the global TB epidemic. Reliable surrogate biomarkers that predict key active disease and latent TB infection outcomes are vital to advancing clinical research necessary to End TB. Well executed longitudinal studies strengthening local research capacity for addressing TB research priorities and advancing biomarker discovery are urgently needed.The Cohort for Tuberculosis Research by the Indo-US Medical Partnership (CTRIUMPH) study conducted in Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJGMC), Pune and National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai, India, will establish and maintain three prospective cohorts: (1) an Active TB Cohort comprising 800 adults with pulmonary TB, 200 adults with extrapulmonary TB and 200 children with TB; (2) a Household Contact Cohort of 3200 adults and children at risk of developing active disease; and (3) a Control Cohort consisting of 300 adults and 200 children with no known exposure to TB. Relevant clinical, sociodemographic and psychosocial data will be collected and a strategic specimen repository established at multiple time points over 24 months of follow-up to measure host and microbial factors associated with (1) TB treatment outcomes; (2) progression from infection to active TB disease; and (3) Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission among Indian adults and children. We anticipate CTRIUMPH to serve as a research platform necessary to characterise some relevant aspects of the TB epidemic in India, generate evidence to inform local and global TB control strategies and support novel TB biomarker discovery.This study is approved by the Institutional Review Boards of NIRT, BJGMC and Johns Hopkins University, USA. Study results will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journals and research conferences.NIH/DBT Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme and the Indian Council of Medical Research.


PubMed | Imperial College London, Johns Hopkins University, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and National Dairy Research Institute
Type: | Journal: BioMed research international | Year: 2014

India has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) burdens globally. However, few studies have focused on TB in young children, a vulnerable population, where lack of early diagnosis results in poor outcomes.Young children ( 5 years) with suspected TB were prospectively enrolled at a tertiary hospital in Pune, India. Detailed clinical evaluation, HIV testing, mycobacterial cultures, and drug susceptibility testing were performed.223 children with suspected TB were enrolled. The median age was 31 months, 46% were female, 86% had received BCG, 57% were malnourished, and 10% were HIV positive. 12% had TB disease (definite or probable), 35% did not have TB, while TB could not be ruled out in 53%. Extrapulmonary disease was noted in 46%, which was predominantly meningeal. Tuberculin skin test (TST) was positive in 20% of children with TB. Four of 7 (57%) children with culture-confirmed TB harbored drug-resistant (DR) strains of whom 2 (50%) were multi-DR (MDR). In adjusted analyses, HIV infection, positive TST, and exposure to household smoke were found to be significantly associated with children with TB (P 0.04). Mortality (at 1 year) was 3 of 26 (12%) and 1 of 79 (1%), respectively, in children with TB and those without TB (P < 0.05).Diagnosis of TB is challenging in young children, with high rates of extra-pulmonary and meningeal disease. While the data on DR-TB are limited by the small sample size, they are however concerning, and additional studies are needed to more accurately define the prevalence of DR strains in this vulnerable population.


PubMed | Private Consultant Histopathologist, Government of Rajasthan and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Indian journal of hematology & blood transfusion : an official journal of Indian Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion | Year: 2014

Human parvovirus B19 is highly tropic to human bone marrow and replicates only in erythroid progenitor cells. It is causative agent of transient aplastic crisis in patients with chronic haemolytic anemia. In immunocompromised patients persistent parvovirus B19 infection may develop and it manifests as pure red cell aplasia and chronic anaemia. Bone marrow is characterised morphologically by giant pronormoblast stage with little or no further maturation. We encountered a case of 6year old HIV positive male child presented with pure red cell aplasia due to parvovirus B19 infection. Bone marrow aspiration cytology revealed giant pronormoblast with prominent intranuclear inclusions led to suspicion of parvovirus B19 infection which was confirmed by DNA PCR. This case is presented to report classical morphological features of parvovirus B19 infection rarely seen on bone marrow examination should warrant the suspicion of human parvovirus B19 infection in the setting of HIV positive patient with repeated transfusions and confirmation should be done by PCR.


Jadhav M.V.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Phatke A.S.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Kadgi N.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Rane S.R.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Kulkarni K.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College
Journal of Cytology | Year: 2016

Context: Endometrial aspiration is not a popular modality for the study of the endometrium despite its simplicity and potential utility. Aim: The present study was aimed at evaluating the utility of endometrial aspiration in various gynecological disorders. Materials and Methods: In this diagnostic accuracy study, 55 prospectively registered women with various gynecological disorders were evaluated clinically and subjected to endometrial aspiration cytology and study of endometrial histology. Endometrial aspiration was performed by infant feeding tube in 10 cases and intra cath cannula in 45 cases. The slides were stained with rapid Papanicolaou (PAP) stain and Leishman stain. Results: Endometrial aspiration cytology showed 90% and 94.6% sampling adequacy with infant feeding tube and intra cath cannula, respectively. Intra cath cannula was very convenient to handle and superior to infant feeding tube in aspirating the endometrium. Of the two stains used, rapid PAP stain was less time-consuming and superior to Leishman stain in studying the nuclear details. Leishman stain was helpful in detecting cytoplasmic vacuoles of secretory endometrium. Overall diagnostic accuracy of endometrial cytology was 90.4% while that for morphological hormonal evaluation was 97.6%. It enjoyed a sensitivity of 91.66%, a specificity of 88.23%, positive predictive value of 94.28%, and negative predictive value of 83.33%. Conclusion: Intra cath cannula emerged as an inexpensive, effective, and convenient device for endometrial aspiration. Endometrial aspiration proved to be a fairly effective, simple, and informative diagnostic modality. © 2016 Journal of Cytology-Indian Academy of Cytologists-Published by Wolters Kluwer-Medknow.


Rane S.R.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Kadgi N.V.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Agrawal S.A.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College | Kavatkar A.N.,Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research | Year: 2014

Allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) is a distinct clinicopathological entity. It occurs in immunocompetent individuals with history of atopy, increased IgE levels and peripheral eosinophilia and causes noninvasive pansinusitis. It is histologically characterised by the presence of 'allergic mucin' with clusters of eosinophils, charcot - Leyden crystals and scattered fungal hyphae. AFS is an immunological reaction to fungal deposits. As AFS is noninvasive, fungal hyphae can be demonstrated in nasal secretions on cytology. Etiological agent of AFS is Aspergillus or pigmented dematiaceous family. Special stains are helpful for identification. We came across three cases of age group ranging from 26-60-year of recurrent rhinitis with nasal discharge. The nasal secretions were collected by nasal swabs onto the glass slide and stained with Giemsa and silver stains. Smears revealed fungal hyphae amidst inflammatory cells with occasional Charcot- Leyden crystals. Nasal secretion cytology plays an important role in diagnosis and can be used for preoperative as well as intraoperative diagnosis of AFS and can be used as an additional diagnostic tool.

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