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Torres C.,University of Ottawa | Riascos R.,University of Texas Medical Branch | Figueroa R.,Georgia Regents University | Gupta R.K.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging | Year: 2014

Tuberculosis (TB) has shown a resurgence in nonendemic populations in recent years and accounts for 8 million deaths annually in the world. Central nervous system involvement is one of the most serious forms of this infection, acting as a prominent cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. The rising number of cases in developed countries is mostly attributed to factors such as the pandemic of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and increased migration in a globalized world. Mycobacterium TB is responsible for almost all cases of tubercular infection in the central nervous system. It can manifest in a variety of forms as tuberculous meningitis, tuberculoma, and tubercular abscess. Spinal infection may result in spondylitis, arachnoiditis, and/or focal intramedullary tuberculomas. Timely diagnosis of central nervous system TB is paramount for the early institution of appropriate therapy, because delayed treatment is associated with severe morbidity and mortality. It is therefore important that physicians and radiologists understand the characteristic patterns, distribution, and imaging manifestations of TB in the central nervous system. Magnetic resonance imaging is considered the imaging modality of choice for the study of patients with suspected TB. Advanced imaging techniques including magnetic resonance perfusion and diffusion tensor imaging may be of value in the objective assessment of therapy and to guide the physician in the modulation of therapy in these patients. © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Garg N.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute | Mehrotra R.,Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology
Malaysian Journal of Pathology | Year: 2014

Background: Oral submucous fibrosis (OSF) is a common oral health problem in the Indian subcontinent. It is characterized by a juxtaepithelial inflammatory reaction followed by fibroelastic changes in the lamina propria. Traditionally, it is said to be associated with marked epidermal atrophy and decreased vasculature as the disease advances.Objective: To assess the changes in epidermal thickness and mucosal vasculature in various stages of the disease.Material and methods: Patients with histological diagnosis of OSF were included in the study. Demographic data and oral habits of each patient were collected. The severity of OSF was graded histologically according to Pindborg and Sirsat. Epithelial thickness and subepithelial blood vessel area, diameter and perimeter were measured and analysed using Image analysis software IMAGE PRO PLUS version 6.0.Results: Thirty-five patients with OSF were studied. 25 (71.4%) were males and 10 (28.6%) were females with a male to female ratio of 1.3:1. Most patients were in the 31–40 yrs age group. The majority of patients (40%) chewed areca nut/dohra. Each grade of the disease was found to display either hyperplastic or atrophic epithelial changes. The mean blood vessel area, diameter and perimeter did not show any sustained change with the increasing severity (grade) of the disease.Conclusion: These findings question the role of ischaemia in the aetiopathogenesis of oral submucous fibrosis. © 2014, Malaysian Society of Pathologists. All rights reserved.


Dureja S.,Max Superspeciality Hospital | Sen I.B.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute | Acharya S.,Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
European Spine Journal | Year: 2014

Purpose: This is a prospective non-randomized observation study done on 33 patients with uncomplicated spinal tuberculosis to observe the imaging characteristics on sequential F-18 FDG PET CT scans. Methods: 33 consecutive patients with pathologically proven spinal tuberculosis underwent a baseline contrast-enhanced whole body FDG PET scan before initiation of antitubercular therapy, 6 and 12 months and at 18 months or the end of antitubercular therapy. Result: The baseline peak SUVmax of lesions in our 33 cases had values ranging from 5.9 to 30.3 (mean 14.8). 63.6 % patients had clinically occult non-contiguous multifocal skeletal involvement at the time of the baseline whole body PET CT scanning. The mean change in SUVmax at various time points was highly significant (p value < 0.001). Conclusion: SUVmax can be taken as a reliable marker for serial quantification of metabolic activity in spinal tuberculosis. This may translate into a potential role for FDG as an imaging biomarker for noninvasive response evaluation in skeletal tuberculosis. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Chowdhury T.,University of Manitoba | Kowalski S.,University of Manitoba | Arabi Y.,King Abdulaziz University | Dash H.H.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia | Year: 2014

Background: Most of the bad outcomes in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) are related to the presence of a high incidence of pre-hospital secondary brain insults. Therefore, knowledge of these variables and timely management of the disease at the pre-hospital period can significantly improve the outcome and decrease the mortality. The Brain Trauma Foundation guideline on "Prehospital Management" published in 2008 could provide the standardized protocols for the management of patients with TBI; however, this guideline has included the relevant papers up to 2006. Methods: A PubMed search for relevant clinical trials and reviews (from 1 January 2007 to 31 March 2013), which specifically discussed about the topic, was conducted. Results: Based on the evidence, majority of the management strategies comprise of rapid correction of hypoxemia and hypotension, the two most important predictors for mortality. However, there is still a need to define the goals for the management of hypotension and inclusion of newer difficult airway carts as well as proper monitoring devices for ensuring better intubation and ventilatory management. Isotonic saline should be used as the first choice for fluid resuscitation. The pre-hospital hypothermia has more adverse effects; therefore, this should be avoided. Conclusion: Most of the management trials published after 2007 have focused mainly on the treatment as well as the prevention strategies for secondary brain injury. The results of these trials would be certainly adopted by new standardized guidelines and therefore may have a substantial impact on the pre-hospital management in patients with TBI.


Munshi A.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute | Agarwal J.,Tata Memorial Hospital | Pandey K.,Government Medical College
Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics | Year: 2013

With improving average life expectancy of individuals in most countries, there has been increase in the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Radiation oncologists therefore are likely to encounter an increasing number of cancer patients with in situ cardiac pacemaker devices needing radiation treatments. Pacemaker technology has advanced rapidly in recent years. As a result, the potential interactions of these devices with radiation therapy have changed since American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) issued guidelines in 1994. Current approaches to treatment in patients who have these devices vary among radiation oncology centers. Furthermore, the recommendations given by the devices' manufacturers differ considerably. Common knowledge about pacemaker in radiation oncology community is vital as radiation management needs to be tailored to individual patients in accordance to the information of available for the device. Some general practical guidelines can be gleaned from the literature. It is felt that more robust information is required using web based database sharing to develop total safe practice guidelines in such patients. This article reviews the information available to help create such guidelines and presents recommendations for treatment in this increasingly common clinical situation.


Mittal S.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Minerva Ginecologica | Year: 2016

INTRODUCTION: Emergency contraception is a safe and effective method to prevent an unwanted pregnancy after an unprotected or inadequately protected sexual intercourse. Several methods for emergency contraception (EC) are currently registered in many countries for use in an emergency to prevent a pregnancy following an unprotected, possibly fertile intercourse or after a contraceptive accident like condom rupture. Different methods have varying modes of action, time frame of efficacy, dosage schedule and unwanted effects. Since several methods are available it is important to decide the best method. EVIDENCE ACUISITION: In this article the available literature on emergency contraception has been reviewed and an attempt has been made to discuss the need for emergency contraception and compare different options for emergency contraception in terms of their efficacy in pregnancy prevention, their safety profile and unwanted side effects. EC repeated use and initiating a regular method after ECuse are also discussed. EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Emergency contraceptive methods include copper Intra-uterine devices (IUD) and different types of pills like estrogen progestin combination pill (Yuzpe Regimen), Progestin only pill (LNG), antiprogestin pill (Mifepristone), and progesterone modulator Uripristal Acetate (UPA). There is a marginal difference in the mechanism of action, efficacy including time frame and ability to protect from pregnancy with regular doses in obese women, drug interactions and side effects. These are discussed in detail. CONCLUSIONS: Copper IUD is the most effective emergency contraceptive with advantage of providing continued contraception. However, it cannot be used universally due to lack of infrastructure and a trained provider as well as not being suitable option for women at risk of sexually transmitted infections. Amongst different pills LNG is more effective with fewer side effects than Yuzpe regimen. LNG and UPA are comparable with similar efficacy and side effect profile. UPA has a wider window of efficacy, in LNG efficacy declines after 72 hours. UPA is more suitable for obese women. Mifepristone is effective but is registered as EC pill only in few countries and use is limited as it is also used as an abortion pill. Yuzpe regimen is the least effective of all contraceptive pills as EC, and works only till 72 hours of unprotected sex, but is useful in places where dedicated methods are not available, as it is easily accessible. Any combined pill can be used in this regimen except triphasic pill. © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA.


Kaur J.,All India Institute of Medical Sciences | Mohanti B.K.,All India Institute of Medical Sciences | Mohanti B.K.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute | Muzumder S.,All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention | Year: 2013

The objective was to analyze the radiotherapy (RT) practice at the cancer centre of a tertiary academic medical institution in Delhi. This audit from an Indian public institution covered patient care processes related to cancer diagnosis, integration of RT with other anti-cancer modalities, waiting time, overall treatment time, and compliance with RT. Over a period of one year, all consecutively registered patients in radiotherapy were analyzed for the audit cycle. Analysis of 1,030 patients showed median age of 49.6 years, with presentation as stage I and II in 14.2%, stage III and IV in 71.2% and unknown stage in 14.6%. A total of 974 (95%) were advised for RT appointment; 669 (68.6%) for curative intent and 31.4% for palliation. Mean times for diagnostic workup and from registration at cancer centre to radiotherapy referral were 33 and 31 days respectively. Median waiting time to start of RT course was 41 days. Overall RT compliance was 75% and overall duration for a curative RT course ranged from 50 days to 61 days. Non-completion and interruption of RT course were observed in 12% and 13% respectively. Radiotherapy machine burden in a public cancer hospital in India increases the waiting time and 25% of advised patients do not comply with the prescribed treatment. Infrastructure, machine and manpower constraints lead to more patients being treated on cobalt (74%) and by two-dimensional (78%) techniques.


Pant V.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute | Sen I.B.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute | Soin A.S.,Medicity
Nuclear Medicine Communications | Year: 2013

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET computed tomography (18F-FDG PET CT) as an independent prognostic indicator in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: PET contrast-enhanced CT scans of 100 consecutive patients with HCC were reviewed retrospectively. Patients were asked to fast for 6 h before the study and blood glucose levels were monitored and ensured to be less than 200 mg/dl before injection of 18F-FDG. After administering the 18F-FDG injection (370-550 MBq) patients were instructed to rest comfortably for 45-60 min. All images were acquired using a dedicated GE Discovery PET/CT scanner. The PET CT scans of all the patients were reported separately by two nuclear medicine physicians. A stage-wise analysis of the compiled data was carried out. Lesions that showed standardized uptake values greater than background activity (activity in adjacent normal liver tissue) were defined as having increased 18F-FDG uptake. Pearson's χ2-test or the Kruskal-Wallis test was used to assess statistical significance. A P value less than 0.05 was taken as significant. RESULTS: In this retrospective study of 100 HCC patients, a radiologically higher-stage disease was found more commonly in patients with 18F-FDG-avid primary tumors (P<0.001), whereas a lower-stage disease was found in patients with non-18F-FDG-avid primary tumors. The non-18F-FDG-avid tumors also showed lower incidence of metastatic disease and portal vein thrombosis (P<0.001). The histopathological findings of the patients who underwent liver transplantation demonstrated that a higher-grade tumor was more common in the 18F-FDG-avid tumor group than in the non- 18F-FDG-avid tumor group (P<0.05). CONCLUSION: An 18F-FDG PET CT scan can be used not only for staging but also as a tool for preoperative prediction of cellular differentiation in patients with HCC. The 18F-FDG uptake seen on a PET scan can serve as a molecular signature for management decisions and can be used as an independent and significant prognostic factor in patients with HCC. © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Mahajan C.,Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences | Dash H.H.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences | Year: 2014

A spectrum of conditions requires sedation and analgesia in pediatric population. Ineffective treatment of pain may result in physiological and behavioral responses that can adversely affect the developing nociceptive system. The recognition of pain in children can be facilitated by different pain scales. This article reviews the procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) practices in children along with pharmacology of the drugs used for this purpose.


Gupta N.,All India Institute of Medical Sciences | Pandia M.P.,All India Institute of Medical Sciences | Dash H.H.,Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Indian Journal of Anaesthesia | Year: 2013

Through evolving research, recent years have witnessed remarkable achievements in neuromonitoring and neuroanesthetic techniques, with a huge body of literature consisting of excellent studies in neuroanaesthesiology. However, little of this work appears to be directly important to clinical practice. Many controversies still exist in care of patients with neurologic injury. This review discusses studies of great clinical importance carried out in the last five years, which have the potential of influencing our current clinical practice and also attempts to define areas in need of further research. Relevant literature was obtained through multiple sources that included professional websites, medical journals and textbooks using key words "neuroanaesthesiology," "traumatic brain injury," "aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage," "carotid artery disease," "brain protection," "glycemic management" and "neurocritical care." In head injured patients, administration of colloid and pre-hospital hypertonic saline resuscitation have not been found beneficial while use of multimodality monitoring, individualized optimal cerebral perfusion pressure therapy, tranexamic acid and decompressive craniectomy needs further evaluation. Studies are underway for establishing cerebroprotective potential of therapeutic hypothermia. Local anaesthesia provides better neurocognitive outcome in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy compared with general anaesthesia. In patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage, induced hypertension alone is currently recommended for treating suspected cerebral vasospasm in place of triple H therapy. Till date, nimodipine is the only drug with proven efficacy in preventing cerebral vasospasm. In neurocritically ill patients, intensive insulin therapy results in substantial increase in hypoglycemic episodes and mortality rate, with current emphasis on minimizing glucose variability. Results of ongoing multicentric trials are likely to further improvise our practice.

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