Balaji Yegneswaran

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BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a major risk factor for perioperative adverse events. However, no screening tool for OSA has been validated in surgical patients. This study was conducted to develop and validate a concise and easy-to-use questionnaire for OSA screening in surgical patients. METHODS After hospital ethics approval, preoperative(More)
BACKGROUND Because of the high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its adverse impact on perioperative outcome, a practical screening tool for surgical patients is required. This study was conducted to validate the Berlin questionnaire and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) checklist in surgical patients and to compare them with the(More)
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is an acute inflammatory process of the pancreas that is associated with variable involvement of pancreatic/peripancreatic tissue and one or more organ systems in varying degrees. Among the multiple organ system dysfunctions in severe AP, cardiovascular and/or pulmonary manifestations are frequent. The cardiovascular system may be(More)
INTRODUCTION The effect of opioids on driving performance has been much debated. Driving is a complex task requiring integration of psychomotor, cognitive, motor and decision-making skills, visual-spatial abilities, divided attention, and behavioral and emotional control. The objective of this systematic review was to assess the quality of studies and to(More)
rehearsal treatment for nightmares in sexual assault survivors with PTSD. Dreaming 2004;14:195–206. [2] Neidhardt EJ, Krakow B, Kellner R, Pathak D. The beneficial effects of one treatment session and recording of nightmares on chronic nightmare sufferers. Sleep 1992;15:470–3. [3] Krakow B, Schrader R, Tandberg D, Hollifield M, Koss MP, Yau CL, et al.(More)
PURPOSE Upper airway abnormalities carry the risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and difficult tracheal intubations. Both conditions contribute to significant clinical problems and have increased perioperative morbidity and mortality. We hypothesized that patients who presented with difficult intubation would have a very high prevalence of OSA and that(More)
Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease is a rare, benign cause of lymphadenopathy that is often associated with fever, night sweats, and weight loss. The clinical and laboratory manifestation of Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease are similar to those of lymphoma, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and it is often mistaken for these disorders. Definitive(More)
OBJECTIVES The nationwide prevalence of cannabis use/abuse has more than doubled from 2002 to 2011. Whether the outpatient trend is reflected in the inpatient setting is unknown. We examined the prevalence and incidence of cannabis abuse/dependence as determined by discharge coding in a 10-year (2002-2011) National Inpatient Sample, as well as various(More)
A 32-year-old obese Caucasian woman presented with acute pancreatitis. Her past medical history includes recurrent pancreatitis, pancreatic divisum, laparoscopic gastric banding and alcohol abuse. The hospital course was complicated by multi-focal hepatic abscesses requiring percutaneous drainage. She eventually underwent pancreatic necrosectomy with J tube(More)