Monthly Archives: October 2013

Changing clinical profile of malaria in Indian children

Summary Malaria remains a major public health problem in India and is considered to be an important cause of morbidity due to infectious disease in Indian children. A significant number of childhood deaths can be prevented by timely identification and management of malaria. Severe malaria is most commonly caused in… 

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Case Study: Coexistence of tuberculosis and adenocarcinoma in the colon

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
The occurrence of tuberculosis with adenocarcinoma is rare, but it has been observed by many. This association has been debated extensively in the literature [1-3]. Here I present a case with similar association, where extended right hemicolectomy was performed, and the diagnosis came only …

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Mitochondrial DNA copy number and risk of oral cancer: A report from Northeast India

OSCC, the most frequent tumour of oral cavity, [1] and the sixth most common cancer globally that accounts for approximately 5 per cent of all malignant tumours worldwide [2], [3]. The statistical analysis by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) indicated that the lip and oral cavity is the tenth most common tumour site in the human [4]. Smokeless tobacco products and betel quid with or without tobacco are the major risk factors for oral cavity cancer in Taiwan, India, and other neighboring countries.

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Quick Case: Biphenotypic blast crisis in CML in a young female

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
Biphenotypic blast crisis is not so common. If chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CML) is undetected, and the patient first presents with features of acute leukemia, it is difficult to distinguish it from acute myelomonocytic leukemia. I recently dealt with …

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Case Study: Persistent infection in surgical wounds: Atypical mycobacteria and its surgical treatment

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
The non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) have become significant opportunistic pathogens recently, and occur in epidemic proportions in some centers. For example, atypical mycobacterial infections are a frequent problem found at the …

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Low prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in non-urban pregnant women in Vellore, S. India

Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is one of the most common genital pathogens worldwide [1]. Strategies to screen, test, diagnose and treat this curable, yet prevalent and indolent disease have been adopted in many countries. Disease in women can include severe outcomes such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. In addition, neonates of infected women may have increased morbidity and mortality.

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Factors affecting birth weight of a newborn

Intrauterine growth and development is one of the most vulnerable process in human lifecycle and its aberrations can result in lasting profound influence in later life. In the context of developing countries, intrauterine growth has been invariably assessed by birth weight. The birth weight of an infant is a reliable index of intrauterine growth and also a sensitive predictor of newborn’s chances of survival, growth and long term physical and psychosocial development.

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