Syam K. Venugopal

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This study provides the first description of the range and immunogenicity of proteins excreted and/or secreted by living T. trichiura adult worms following their recovery from the human large intestine. Metabolic labelling of T. trichiura excretory/secretory (ES) products with [35S]-methionine revealed a range of proteins with prominent components at 52-54(More)
The Rapunzel Syndrome, a rare manifestation of trichobezoar, occurs when bolus gastrointestinal obstruction is produced by an unusual trichobezoar with a long tail that extends to or beyond the ileocaecal valve. A five-year-old Jamaican girl presented with this abnormality and was found at laparotomy also to have an ileo-ileal intussusception. For the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether children with homozygous sickle cell (SS) disease and splenectomy are at greater risk of death, overwhelming septicemia, or other complications. METHODS A total of 130 patients with SS treated by splenectomy (46 recurrent acute splenic sequestration, 84 chronic hypersplenism) over a 22.5-year period at the Sickle Cell Clinic(More)
Caecal biopsy specimens from Jamaican children with the Trichuris dysentery syndrome (TDS) and age matched Jamaican controls were investigated by immunohistochemistry and by light microscopy. Biopsy specimens from all children (with TDS and controls) showed a mild to moderate increase in inflammatory cells. Except in the vicinity of the worm, where the(More)
60 Jamaican children with homozygous sickle cell (SS) disease underwent splenectomy, 14 for prophylaxis against recurrent acute splenic sequestration and 46 for treatment of sustained hypersplenism. Age at operation varied from 9 months to 16 years. Patients were followed up for 1 month to 27 years (median 6 years), with a total of 369 years of(More)
The dumping syndrome in childhood is an uncommon complication of gastro-oesophageal surgery, principally Nissen fundoplication. A Jamaican child developed the syndrome after fundoplication and pyloroplasty to relieve gastro-oesophageal reflux complicating the repair of a congenital tracheo-oesophageal fistula. He developed marasmus and failed to gain weight(More)
The objective of the present study was to assess the biocompatibility and regenerative potential of decellularized bovine pericardial scaffold in comparison with glutaraldehyde-treated and fresh bovine pericardial implants using short-term intramuscular implantation testing in a rat model. The inflammatory and immune responses were assessed using(More)
There are few data on mucosal immune responses to intestinal helminths in human beings, especially those involving the IgE system, which is thought to be important in parasite expulsion. We sought evidence of an immediate hypersensitivity reaction in the colon of children with chronic dysentery due to Trichuris trichiura. 28 children with Trichuris(More)