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BACKGROUND Gabapentin and nortriptyline have not been compared in a randomized trial in post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). The present study was, therefore, undertaken to determine their comparative efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study was a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group trial of 9(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence, prevalence, risk factors and outcome of delirium in the respiratory intensive care unit of a tertiary care hospital. METHODS Consecutive patients admitted to an eight-bed respiratory intensive care unit were screened for presence of delirium by a psychiatrist. Patients found to have delirium were evaluated using(More)
BACKGROUND Cholesterol is an essential component of cell membrane constituting the neuronal cells and mediates multiple functions affecting neuronal transmission in the central nervous system. Abnormalities in serum lipid fractions have been reported in depression, but the clinical and biological significance of such findings are yet to be elucidated. (More)
Despite the high prevalence and potentially disabling consequences of mental disorders, specialized mental health services are extremely deficient, leading to the so-called 'Mental Health Gap'. Moreover, the services are concentrated in the urban areas, further worsening the rural-urban and tertiary primary care divide. Strengthening of and expanding the(More)
A net-based, decision support system for diagnostic assessment and management of psychiatric disorders, developed as part of a telepsychiatry service, which aims to deliver mental health care to underserved population of remote areas in India is described. This paper presents the development and preliminary results of diagnostic validation of the(More)
Childhood onset schizophrenia (COS) patients have marked neuropsychological deficits in areas of attention, working memory and executive functions. Similar deficits have been found in studies on Adolescent onset (AdOS) and Adult onset schizophrenia (AOS). In this study we compared the neuropsychological profile of COS with AdOS and AOS to test the(More)
BACKGROUND A diagnostic tool designed as part of a telepsychiatry application for diagnosis and management of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders in India was developed considering the paucity of trained child psychiatrists and mental health professionals in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS The diagnostic tool consisted of screening and 10(th) revision(More)
Rapid growth of general hospital psychiatric units all over the world has piovided impetus to consultation-liaison work carried out by the psychiatrists in the non-psychiatric departments of general hospitals. Liaison psychiatry has acquired the status of a subspeciality within psychiatry and its development has paralleled the shift of psychiatry from(More)
BACKGROUND Aspirin is widely used as an antiplatelet agent in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. In order to spare prostacyclin formation and reduce gastrointestinal side-effects, very low doses of aspirin have been introduced. However, it remains unclear whether these low doses are equally effective with respect to inhibition(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between delirium motor subtypes and other symptoms of delirium. METHODS Three hundred and twenty-one (n = 321) consecutive patients referred to consultation-liaison psychiatry services were evaluated on Delirium Rating scale-Revised-98 version and amended Delirium Motor Symptom Scale. RESULTS(More)