Manpreet Bhalla

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Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in developing countries. Despite significant limitations, microscopy remains the cornerstone of the global TB control strategy. As the TB epidemic escalates, new diagnostic methods that are accurate and also economical and simple to manufacture and deploy are urgently needed. Although(More)
PURPOSE There is scarcity of prevalence data of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) data and common mutations responsible in North India. This study aimed to detect MDR-TB among MDR-TB suspects from Delhi and mutation patterns using GenoType MTBDRplus assay. MATERIALS AND METHODS All MDR suspects in five districts of New Delhi were referred to the(More)
Seventy five mothers with lactation failure were studied, whose less than 4-month-old babies were admitted to the hospital. Partial lactational failure (94.7%) was noted more often than complete lactational failure (5.3%). Initiation of breastfeeding was delayed for 2 to 5 days usually for traditional reasons (77.3%) and because the mothers felt that the(More)
The prompt diagnosis of smear-negative cases is a prerequisite to controlling tuberculosis (TB). Several new laboratory approaches, including nucleic acid amplification (NAA), are being evaluated in various disease settings to meet this challenge. However, NAA needs simplification before it is widely accepted. Furthermore, a supporting smear result improves(More)
BACKGROUND The emergence of XDR -TB strains is a major roadblock in the successful implementation of TB control programmes. This further leads to high morbidity and mortality, especially in immuno-compromised patients. Identification and observation of resistance patterns of XDR-TB strains may help clinicians manage MDR-TB cases, the treatment line of which(More)
BACKGROUND Fluorescence microscopy (FM) over the years has shown the potential for increasing the performance of microscopy. The present study was aimed to access the performance of the LED microscope for the detection of acid fast bacilli in a tuberculosis (TB) endemic country. METHODS The study was conducted at a National Reference Laboratory (NRL) in(More)