Puneet S Dhar

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CONTEXT Chronic pancreatitis is common in India. However, its risk factors are not clear. There is sparse data on the current prevalence of tropical pancreatitis in India. OBJECTIVE To undertake a prospective nationwide study of the risk factors and clinical profile of chronic pancreatitis. SETTING Thirty-two major centers from different regions of(More)
BACKGROUND Establishing a histological diagnosis in abdominal tuberculosis can be difficult, frequently delaying treatment. The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of laparoscopy for ascertaining the diagnosis in suspected abdominal tuberculosis. METHODS A retrospective review was undertaken of patients who underwent diagnostic laparoscopy for(More)
Gastric cicatrization is a well recognized late sequela of corrosive gastric injury, but the optimum timing and type of surgery for this complication are still unclear. Over a 7-year period (1988-1994) 34 patients underwent elective surgery for gastric lesions secondary to corrosive ingestion. A total of 18 (53%) patients had an associated esophageal(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the role of CT abdomen in the localization of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The source of bleed in acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding is often difficult to localize. The role of CT in the evaluation of this group of patients has not been clearly addressed. METHODS A retrospective review of all(More)
Background: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) constitute a large majority of mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which express the c-kit proto-oncogene protein, a cell membrane receptor with tyrosine kinase activity. GI stromal tumors of the stomach are usually associated with bleeding, abdominal pain or a palpable mass. Case(More)
Pelvic exenteration in advanced malignancies is usually a curative procedure aimed at improving quality of life. We analyzed the perioperative data and outcomes in 12 patients who underwent simultaneous urinary and fecal diversion with a double-barreled wet colostomy after total pelvic exenteration. Eight males and four females aged between 25 and 73 years(More)
Zinc phosphide (ZnP) containing rodenticide poisoning is a recognized cause of acute liver failure (ALF) in India. When standard conservative measures fail, the sole option is liver transplantation. Records of 41 patients admitted to a single centre with ZnP-induced ALF were reviewed to identify prognostic indicators for requirement of liver(More)
In a randomized, prospective pilot study, we compared awake blind orotracheal intubation using the intubating laryngeal mask airway (blind-ILM) with awake fibreoptic-guided orotracheal intubation using an Ovassapian airway (FOS-OA). Fifty-four patients (ASA 1 to 3, aged 18 to 85 years) requiring awake intubation for elective surgery were randomly allocated(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the skills of anesthesiologists in the interpretation of chest radiographs. DESIGN Randomized evaluation conducted among anesthesiologists and radiologists. SETTING Postgraduate Assembly of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists in 1999, and the Department of Radiology, New York University Medical Center. PARTICIPANTS A(More)
Jaundice in patients of advanced carcinoma of the gallbladder requires palliation for the distressing symptoms of pruritus and cholangitis. Intrahepatic segment III duct cholangiojejunostomy is a means for alleviating the obstruction with malignant porta block. The authors reviewed their experience with this procedure in 48 patients of carcinoma of the(More)