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Arun Babu T.,Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical science | Sharmila V.,Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute
Pediatric Dermatology | Year: 2012

Miliaria crystallina (MC) is a self-limiting, superficial obstruction of the eccrine sweat ducts with subsequent extravasation of sweat, resulting in rapidly surfacing, tiny, clear, noninflammatory vesicles. The disease is seen frequently in hot, humid, tropical climates and in the neonatal period, but congenital occurrence is rare. We report a case of congenital MC in a baby born to a mother with chorioamnionitis. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

Venkatesh C.,Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical science
Indian journal of dental research : official publication of Indian Society for Dental Research | Year: 2011

Teeth erupting at birth are referred to as natal teeth. It is a common and benign finding in the neonatal period. However, they may be associated with genetic syndromes like Ellis Van Creveld syndrome and Hallermann-Streiff syndrome. We report here a case of natal teeth in an infant with congenital hypothyroidism. Source

Renitha R.,Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical science
Indian journal of public health | Year: 2012

Personal breastfeeding experiences of health care professionals play a major role in influencing their attitudes and expertise regarding counseling and managing breastfeeding issues in patients. This study was done with an objective of studying the current breastfeeding practices among health care professionals (HP) and their spouses and the factors influencing them. All children < 5 years of age, residing in hospital's residential quarters, were included. A detailed breastfeeding history demographic data were obtained following a semi-structured interview with mothers. Among 81 children included for analysis, in 73 children (90.1%), an initiation of breastfeeding was within 24 hours of birth and in 36 children (44.4%), it was within first hour of life. 43 children (58.1%) were exclusively breast fed for 6 months. Mean duration of EBF was 5.3 months and total duration of breastfeeding was 13.2 months. Gender of HP, gender of the child and socio-economic factors were not found to significantly affect breastfeeding practices among HP. Source

Arun Babu T.,Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical science
Indian journal of medical ethics | Year: 2013

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the awareness of the 'ethical code of conduct for medical practitioners' among medical undergraduate students. Tertiary care medical college and hospital. This study covered 172 medical students in a private medical school in Pondicherry, located in southern India. They were administered a questionnaire, containing ten scenarios, which was based on the 'medical code of ethics' as set out in the chapters on 'unethical acts' and 'misconduct' of the Indian Medical Council (Professional conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002. The students were given the option of responding with a 'yes,' 'no' or 'don't know.' Only 128 (74.4%) of the 172 medical undergraduates enrolled in the study returned the completed questionnaire. None of them answered all the questions correctly. The overall mean score was 6.13 out of 10, with an SD of 1.36. There were no significant differences between second-, third- or final-year students. There was no significant difference in the performance of boys and girls. Most of the students erred in scenarios related to decision-making and communication. There are major deficiencies in the understanding of medical ethics among medical undergraduates. Including medical ethics as a mandatory and separate subject in the first few years of under graduation can help students understand and follow ethical principles. Source

Dorairajan G.,Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical science
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research | Year: 2010

Formaldehyde is an extensively used chemical; its ill effects have been of concern. Its nephrotoxic effects in laboratory animals and carcinogenic effects on humans are well established. We report of a pregnant woman with a normal ongoing pregnancy with a morphologically normal fetus. She was exposed to high doses of formaldehyde through inhalational route in the second trimester. Six weeks later she was found to have severe oligohydramnios with dysplastic fetal kidneys and fetal ascites. The various known causes for this problem reported in the literature are discussed. Based on the discussion the author has drawn a conclusion that the fate of the fetus reported can be attributed to transplacental nephrotoxic effect of formaldehyde. Previously two cases of malformations have been reported but this appears to be the first case of transplacental nephrotoxicty of formaldehyde. © 2010 The Authors. Source

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