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BACKGROUND Hematological abnormalities are a common complication of HIV infection. These abnormalities increase as the disease advances. Bone marrow abnormalities occur in all stages of HIV infection. METHODS Two hundred HIV infected individual were screened for hematological abnormalities from March 2007-March 2008. Absolute CD4 cell count analysis was(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Cryptosporidiosis is a very important opportunistic infection and is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in HIV/AIDS patients. The objective of this study is to evaluate Ziehl-Neelsen staining, auramine phenol staining, antigen detection enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and polymerase chain reaction, for the(More)
BACKGROUND Rapid and specific diagnosis of tubercular meningitis (TBM) is of utmost importance. AIM To evaluate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using protein b primers directed against M. tuberculosis for the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS PCR using protein b primers was performed in ten patients with confirmed TBM (culture(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment compliance of elderly patients to intensive multi-modality cancer therapy can be challenging and has not been adequately addressed in developing countries. The present study evaluated compliance of elderly head and neck carcinomas patients to cancer-directed therapy. METHODS Forty-seven elderly HNSCC patients were evaluated in the(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to report the use of multi-targeted polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the diagnosis of presumed tubercular uveitis. Multi-targeted PCR using three targets specific for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, i.e., IS6110, MPB64, and protein b, was performed on intraocular fluid samples of 25 subjects. Nine had presumed(More)
PURPOSE To report the behavior of intravitreal Ozurdex(®) implant in eyes with post-lensectomy-vitrectomy (PLV) aphakia. METHODS Retrospective chart review of three eyes with PLV aphakia (three patients with uveitis) who received intravitreal injection of Ozurdex(®) for cystoid macular edema (one eye), persistent inflammation (one eye), and ocular(More)
BACKGROUND Amoebic Liver abscess although fairly common in developing countries, yet, there is limited data on the clinical presentation to the emergency department. A retrospective analysis of 86 indoor cases of Amoebic Liver Abscess presenting to the emergency department over a 5-year period was carried out. FINDINGS The mean age of patients was 40.5(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality following hip fracture. Previous work has not identified any risk factors associated with the type of hip fracture. We report the incidence of and risk factors for development of symptomatic VTE in patients following a hip fracture. PATIENTS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Relapsing polychondritis is a rare disease characterised by inflammation of cartilaginous and proteoglycan rich structures. As there are only a few published single centre case series from all across the world, we describe our experience with 26 patients at a tertiary centre in north India. METHODS A retrospective study with all patients(More)
BACKGROUND Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), is a common post-infectious polyradiculoneuropathy worldwide. The commonest implicated causative organism the world over is Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni). This study was carried out to determine the relationship between C. jejuni infection and GBS in an Indian setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective(More)