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Rajshekhar V.,Christian Medical College Hospital
Neurology India | Year: 2016

The Department of Neurological Sciences at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore was the first department to start neurosurgical and neurological services in India. Jacob Chandy started the department in 1949 against several odds. He started a formal training program in neurosurgery in 1958, for the first time in India, and went on to qualify several neurosurgeons, who in turn pioneered neurosurgical departments all over India. After 1970, K V Mathai and Jacob Abraham guided the department through some difficult times when there was a severe shortage of personnel and no faculty in the neurology section. Through their commitment and hard work, they continued not only the neurosurgery service but also looked after patients with neurological disorders. Mathew J Chandy, son of Jacob Chandy, joined them in 1980 and introduced micro-neurosurgery and several other neurosurgical techniques. Training of residents in micro-neurosurgery began in the early 1980s. The last quarter of a century has been a period of rapid progress for neurosurgery at CMC. There has been an exponential rise in the number of surgeries, number of residents and number of publications. Research has always been an integral part of the activities of the department and several high impact articles have been published by the faculty and residents. The neurosurgical faculty at CMC has also contributed significantly to organized neurosurgery in India and internationally, with five of them serving as President of the Neurological Society of India, a society which had Jacob Chandy as its founder President. With this heritage, the neurosurgery section at CMC, Vellore is likely to continue to provide high quality ethical neurosurgical care to patients from all over India and overseas. © 2016 Neurology India | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow. Source


Ahmad H.A.,University of Western Australia | Samarasam I.,Christian Medical College Hospital | Hamdorf J.M.,University of Western Australia
Pancreatology | Year: 2011

Introduction: This article describes a case series outlining the experience and results of the retroperitoneal minimally invasive pancreatic necrosectomy (MIPN) procedure performed by, or done under the supervision of, a single surgeon. Methods: All data of the patients who underwent MIPN from 2006 to 2008 were entered into a prospectively maintained, computerized database. Results: A total of 93 MIPN procedures were performed on 32 patients. All patients had severe acute pancreatitis. The median number of MIPN procedures per patient was 3. Only 6 patients needed intensive care unit (ICU) admission after MIPN. There were 15 complications, which included bleeding requiring transfusion (n = 3), bowel fistulae (n = 7), thromboembolic events (n = 2) and acute myocardial infarction (n = 3). Four patients died after the procedure (13%); 1 died of ongoing multiorgan failure in spite of the MIPN. Four patients developed pancreatic pseudocysts within the follow-up period of 2 years. Three of these patients required intervention. Conclusion: This case series demonstrates that MIPN can be performed with acceptable morbidity and mortality and with good end results. The ICU dependency after the procedure is minimal. As seen in this series, multiple MIPNs may be needed to eradicate the necrosis satisfactorily. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel and IAP. Source


Dutta A.K.,Christian Medical College Hospital
Tropical gastroenterology : official journal of the Digestive Diseases Foundation | Year: 2011

Distinguishing Crohn's disease (CD) from intestinal tuberculosis (ITB) is clinically challenging but important for prognostication and patient management. Patients with diagnosis of CD and ITB were prospectively enrolled in the study from January 2006 to October 2007. The patients were followed up for further 15 months to ascertain that the diagnosis had not changed. Clinical, laboratory, serological [IgG anti Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody (ASCA)], endoscopic and histologic features were compared between the ITB and CD patients. The ASCA titers were estimated in 100 healthy controls. Patients were diagnosed as ASCA positive when their ASCA titers were three standard deviations above mean of controls. Thirty patients with CD (age 33.9 + 15.2 years, 70% males) and thirty with ITB (age 35.1 + 12.2years, 53.3% males) were included in the study. Features commoner in CD were longer duration of symptoms (p < 0.001), blood mixed stool (p = 0.006), presence of longitudinal ulcers (p = 0.005) and skip lesions (p = 0.008) on colonoscopy and more number of colonic segments involved (p = 0.004). Anorexia was commoner in ITB patients (p = 0.008). Positive ASCA was commoner in CD (30%) than ITB (10%) but did not reach statistical significance (p = 0.1). A combined evaluation of clinical features, endoscopy, histology and response to treatment is the key to differentiate between CD and ITB. Source


Dutta A.K.,Christian Medical College Hospital
The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India | Year: 2011

Two decades ago tropical sprue, Immunoproliferative Small Intestinal Disease (IPSID) and infections were common causes of malabsorption in India. It is possible that implementation of preventive health measures and improved sanitation may have changed the spectrum of disorders causing malabsorption. The aim of this study therefore was to assess the spectrum of malabsorption seen at our center during the past nine years. Patients seen at our center with malabsorption from January 2000 to December 2008 were included in this study. The etiological, clinical and investigation details were recorded on uniform structured data forms. The data obtained was retrospectively analyzed. Malabsorption was detected in 124 patients during the study period. The mean age of patients was 31.9+16 years and 60.5% were males. Tropical sprue was the commonest etiology (29%) followed by celiac and Crohn's disease (15.3% each). Other important etiologies included parasitic infestations (9.7%) and immune deficiency disorders (5.6%). Intestinal tuberculosis was seen in only 2.4% patients. We are witnessing a change in etiological spectrum of malabsorption . Celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disorders are emerging as important causes and ImmunoProliferative Small Intestinal Disease (IPSID) and intestinal tuberculosis are on the decline. Tropical Sprue however continues to be the commonest cause as in the past. Source


Rajshekhar V.,Christian Medical College Hospital
Neurology India | Year: 2015

Neurosurgeons are often identified with traits such as arrogance and hubris. However, the true legacy of neurosurgeons is excellence. Harvey Cushing, the pioneering neurosurgeon of the United States, is largely responsible for this legacy of excellence. Eminent personalities have agreed that sincere and hard work is necessary to achieve excellence. Excellence in neurosurgery in the domains of surgical work and research will be discussed in the article. Excellence in surgical work should be measured comprehensively and over long follow-up periods using tools such as functional outcomes and quality of life instruments besides morbidity and mortality. For excellence in neurosurgical research, one can use the help of indices such as the h-index and i10 index. No single measure, whether for surgical excellence or excellence in research, however, incorporates a measure of qualities such as empathy, integrity and mentorship. These intangible qualities should be an integral part of the assessment of a neurosurgeon and his/her work. Cushing's attributes of meticulous record keeping, attention to detail, and maximal utilization of opportunities should guide us in our pursuit of excellence. In recent years, it has been suggested that excellence is not the result of an innate talent but can be aspired to by anyone willing to adopt a work ethic that involves several hours of "deliberate practice," feedback and passion. Neurosurgeons should continue to pursue the legacy of Cushing especially in present times when medical professionals are frequently depicted as being driven more by avarice than by Hippocratic principles. Source

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