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The harmonic scalpel has been in use for tonsillectomy for the last 5–6 years in western Europe and North America. Although some studies have found this technique to be superior to other conventional methods, its use is still not very popular. In this single-blinded prospective study, the intraoperative events and postoperative morbidity after the use of(More)
Ectopic (extradural) meningiomas that do not originate from either the optic fascicle or the intracranial meninges are exceedingly rare. A patient with an ectopic meningioma in the external auditory canal and mastoid was treated in our unit. The world literature of the last 20 years was reviewed.
CONTEXT Diffused endothelial dysfunction in sepsis leads to an increase in systemic capillary permeability, the renal component manifesting as microalbuminuria. The degree of microalbuminuria correlates with the severity of the acute insult, the quantification of which may serve to predict sepsis and mortality in critically ill patients. AIMS To evaluate(More)
Compound depressed skull fractures occur commonly from assault with various sharp and blunt objects. The use of a stiletto heeled shoe as an offensive weapon has not been reported before as a cause of such an injury. However unusual the history of assault, a clear picture of the mechanism of the injury is vital. Patients with scalp lacerations following a(More)
Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to osteoporosis in nephrotic syndrome (NS). A cross-sectional case–control study was performed to investigate 25 hydroxycholecalciferol [25(OH)D] status in 40 patients with NS in remission and 40 healthy controls. Serum levels of 25(OH)D, calcium, phosphate, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and intact parathyroid hormone (PTH)(More)
Computerised tomography (CT) scans are routinely performed prior to endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) in order to confirm the diagnosis, assess the response to medical treatment and provide important landmarks for surgery. However, the correlation between the findings of CT scans and the patient’s symptoms remains ambiguous. The objective was to assess the(More)
Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in Indian children of northern, western and southern states. Serum 25 hydroxy cholecalferol (ng/ml) was analyzed in 310 children and adolescents of pediatric hospital of Kolkata, India. Serum calcium (mg/dl), phosphorous (mg/dl) and alkaline phosphatase (IU/L) data was obtained. Median 25(OH)D was 19 ng/ml. 19.2 % of(More)
This study was conducted to evaluate whether microalbuminuria on admission and after 24 hrs of admission to intensive care unit (ICU) predicts outcome as well as the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II severity illness score, the current accepted method of doing so. The study was carried out in a 20 bed mixed medical-surgical ICU of a(More)
Vitamin B12 being water soluble is excreted in the urine when administered in excess. The probability of finding an abnormally excess serum concentration would be almost surreal. We report a peculiar clinical situation that may impact the vitamin B12 immunoassay on the Roche Elecsys 2010 due to excess analyte concentration. In separate episodes (Feb and(More)
BACKGROUND Cockroft-Gault (CG) and Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) formulae have not been validated in critically ill Indian patients. We sought to quantify the discrepancy, if any, in Glomerular Filteration Rate (GFR) estimated by CG and MDRD formulae with 24 hrs urine Creatinine Clearance (Cr Cl). MATERIALS AND METHODS Prospective cohort(More)