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Mukhopadhyay P.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College
Journal of Association of Physicians of India | Year: 2010

Tuberculosis of the pancreas is a rarity, reported in a handful of literature. We enumerate the case of a young girl with high fever, jaundice, and right hypochondrial pain, whose investigations revealed a mass at the head of the pancreas. FNAC from the mass astoundingly proclaimed tuberculosis.


PubMed | Malda Medical College, Nilratan Sircar Medical College and BankuraSammilani Medical College
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR | Year: 2016

Diabetic dyslipidaemia poses a therapeutic challenge. New therapies have emerged in this patient subgroup to enhance outcome and improve compliance.The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness and safety of add on therapy of saroglitazar and fenofibrate with metformin in Indian patients with diabetic dyslipidaemia.Adults patients with diabetic dyslipidaemia fulfilling the inclusion criteria were randomized in two groups. Group A patients received metformin (1000 mg/ day) and fenofibrate (160 mg/day) while group B patients received metformin (1000 mg/day) and saroglitazar (4 mg/day). Glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1C), triglyceride (TG), LDL- cholesterol (LDL-C), HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels were measured at baseline and week 12 visits. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and post prandial plasma glucose (PPPG) were measured at baseline and on week 4, 8 and 12 visits.TG and HbA1C levels decreased significantly at week 12 from their respective baseline values (p< 0.05) in both groups. FPG and PPPG levels significantly decreased at weeks 4, 8 and 12 compared to their pretreatment values (p< 0.05) in both groups. TG and HbA1C levels in group B decreased significantly compared to group A at week 12. FPG and PPPG levels in group B also decreased significantly compared to group A at every interval. Inter group analysis did not show any statistically significant change in body weight, LDL-C and HDL-C at week 12.Add on therapy of saroglitazar with metformin significantly decreased TG, HbA1C, FPG and PPPG levels compared to add on therapy of fenofibrate with metformin in Indian patients with diabetic dyslipidaemia.


PubMed | Nilratan Sircar Medical College, Malda Medical College and Bankura Sammilani Medical College
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR | Year: 2016

World Health Organization (WHO) defines what is drug and what is not. Second year MBBS students learn the principles of Pharmacology that they use in their later clinical practice life. The aim of the survey was to determine how medical students classify a range of preparations they might encounter in their professional lives and whether a brand name or a commercial preparation of a drug would influence their decision in the categorization of the preparation as a drug or not a drug.To assess the knowledge of medical students, if a substance or product is a drug.We surveyed 2 concurrent years of medical students to classify 60 candidate medicinal preparations into drug and not-drug from a validated questionnaire. The candidate preparations were named either in generic or in their commercially available forms and they were all essential drugs as per WHO definition.The two groups of students, A and B, included 192 and 215 students respectively. Demographically there was little difference in the two groups. Agents like Aspirin, Paracetamol, Amphetamine, Salbutamol, Atropine, Dextromethorphan, Codeine, Diazepam, Ciprofloxacin ear drops, Levonorgestrol, Neosporin eye ointment, Furosemide, Metronidazole, Penicillin, Sorbitrate, Lignocaine, Methotrexate, Penicillin, Zolpidem and Thalidomide received almost unanimous votes as drugs. Arsenic trioxide, Fentanyl and petroleum jelly were considered to be non-drugs by most participants. The two groups did not differ significantly in their responses.Some major lacunae were noted in the knowledge of the participating students despite book teaching on the definition of a drug. Drugs used for prophylaxis and those used in physiological conditions or topically, were often missed. These gaps need to be filled by more emphasis on definition of a drug and its clinical applicability based on example and case based studies.


Chakrabarti N.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College
The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India | Year: 2010

Tuberculosis of the pancreas is a rarity, reported in a handful of literature. We enumerate the case of a young girl with high fever, jaundice, and right hypochondrial pain, whose investigations revealed a mass at the head of the pancreas. FNAC from the mass astoundingly proclaimed tuberculosis.


Chakrabarti A.,Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics | Chatterjee A.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Sengupta M.B.,Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics | Chattopadhyay P.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Mukhopadhyay D.,Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics
Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND:: The amyloid precursor protein intracellular domain (AICD) is an intrinsically unstructured molecule with functional promiscuity that plays an important role in determining the fate of the neurons during its degeneration. Its association with Alzheimer disease (AD) recently played a key role in propelling scientists to choose AICD as a major molecule of interest. Although several studies have been conducted elucidating AICD's participation in inducing neurodegenerative outcomes in AD condition, much remains to be deciphered regarding the linkage of AICD with cellular pathways in the AD scenario. RESULTS:: In the present study, we have pulled down interactors of nonphosphorylated AICD from the cerebrospinal fluid of AD subjects, identified them by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry, and subsequently studied the differential expression of these interactors in AD and control cases by 2-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis. The study has yielded some AICD-interactors that are differentially expressed in the AD cases and are involved in diverse cellular functions. CONCLUSIONS:: This proteomic-based approach highlights the first step in finding the possible cellular pathways engaged in AD pathophysiology on the basis of interaction of one or more of their members with AICD. © 2014 by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.


Chattopadhyay P.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Dhua D.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Philips C.A.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Saha S.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College
Lupus | Year: 2011

Acute cerebellar ataxia in patients with lupus is rare and occurs early in the course of disease. We report a case of acute cerebellar ataxia in a young adult female who recovered completely with intravenous high-dose steroid therapy. © The Author(s), 2011.


Sau T.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Chatterjee A.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Ghosh K.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Dey S.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College
Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology | Year: 2013

Etiologic diagnosis of seizure requires proper consideration of apparently unrelated clinical features of the patient. Here, we report the case of a patient of status epilepticus with moderate-to-severe bilateral sensorineural deafness. Investigations showed extensive intracranial calcification, hypoparathyroidism and unilateral renal agenesis. The features were consistent with Barakat syndrome, a rare developmental disorder associated with mutations in the GATA3 gene. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of Barakat syndrome from India. © 2013 Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology.


Mandal P.K.,Nilratan Sircar Medical College | Ghosh M.K.,8C 1 N | Bhattacharyya M.,8C 1 N
Indian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion | Year: 2015

Hemoglobin Eβ-thalassemia is by far the commonest form of thalassemia intermedia. Its phenotype ranges from mild anemia to severe transfusion-dependency necessitating splenectomy in many patients. The present study aimed to systematically analyze both clinical as well as laboratory parameters in profile of Eβ-thalassemia patients after splenectomy in terms of transfusion requirement, infections and other complications. Retrospective study conducted over a period of 3 years included 72 cases of splenectomized Eβ-thalassaemia patients, considering decrease in transfusion requirements, new complications, antibiotic, anti-malarial prophylaxis and iron chelation therapy. Out of 1380 registered Eβ-thalassemia patients, 618 (44.78 %) were regularly transfused and 72(5.22 %) underwent splenectomy. Mean age of diagnosis was 10.3 years. Nineteen patients (26.4 %) underwent splenectomy between 5 and 10 years, 38 cases (52.7 %) between 10 and 20 years. The leading cause (51.39 %) for splenectomy was mechanical discomfort. Mean steady state hemoglobin raised from pre-splenectomy level of 5.43–6.8 gm/dl after splenectomy. Mean transfusion requirement reduced from 18.1 to 7.8 units/year. Mean serum ferritin level increased from 907.58 to 1,091.6 ng/ml. Post-splenectomy; 21 (29.17 %) patients developed facial deformities, 17 (23.6 %) delayed pubertal growth, 11 (15.28 %) venous thromboembolism, five (6.94 %) pulmonary hypertension and four (5.5 %) had extramedullary hematopoiesis. Five (6.96 %) patients had documented bacterial infections and two (2.78 %) suffered from malaria. Forty eight patients (66.67 %) started with iron chelation therapy; but majority (52.7 %) stopped. Major advantage of splenectomy is reduced transfusion requirement, though it cannot prevent skeletal abnormalities and delayed pubertal growth. In resource constraint countries like India, routine anti-malarial and antibacterial prophylaxis is not desirable; iron chelation therapy should be encouraged and ensured. © 2015, Indian Society of Haematology & Transfusion Medicine.


Patra A.,Nilratan Sircar Medical college | Bhattacharya S.K.,Nilratan Sircar Medical college
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research | Year: 2013

Kikuchi's disease or the Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease (KFD) is a very rare, self-limiting, benign form of histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis, which is mostly seen in young females. We are presenting a case of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) which occurred after 2 years in a patient of Kikuchi's disease during a follow-up examination.


PubMed | Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Malda Medical College
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR | Year: 2016

The deep seated ovarian lesions unapproachable by unguided aspiration cytology were easily done under ultrasound guidance. It gave a before hand cytological diagnosis of the lesion to the surgeon determining the modality of treatment for the patient.To find the diagnostic accuracy of the method of ultrasound guided cytological assessment of ovarian lesion.The study was conducted as a prospective observational study over a period of one year, in hospital setting, where ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration had been used to aspirate ovarian lesions, giving a rapid cytological diagnosis. In 43 sample cases, aspiration of fluid done from ovarian lesions were followed by cyto-centrifugation and staining by May-Grunwald-Giemsa (MGG) and Papanicolaou (Pap) stain providing a cytological opinion regarding benign/malignant nature of the lesion and further categorization. Later the cytological diagnosis was compared with final histopathological diagnosis, taking it as a gold standard.The overall sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound guided aspiration and cytological analysis were high, 96%, 76.92% and 89.47% respectively as calculated by comparing the cytological diagnosis with histological diagnosis, taking it as gold standard.This method has evolved as a highly sensitive, rapid, simple and effective modality for screening and as well as accurate preoperative diagnosis of ovarian lesions.

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