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Gold nasal stud removed from the lungs using a novel endoscopic technique

The Interventional Pulmonology Team at Amrita Hospital, Kochi successfully removed a gold nasal stud (Mookuthi) from the lungs of a 21-year-old lady from Palarivattom. The stud reached the lungs inadvertently while she was sneezing. Initially she thought she had swallowed it into her stomach. For confirmation a chest x-ray was taken from a nearby hospital, which showed aspirated gold stud in lowest part of her right lungs. Generally a keyhole surgery of lungs is done at many hospitals to retrieve any sharp objects which get trapped in lower part of lungs.

gold nasal stud removed from the lungs

In order to avoid a surgery, the patient consulted Dr. Tinku Joseph, Interventional Pulmonologist at Amrita Hospital, Kochi. He performed an endoscopic procedure using a newly designed hooked forceps which was guided through the endoscope into the lower lobe of patient's lung were the gold stud was located. After 2.5 hours of effort he managed to successfully retrieve the gold stud from lungs, thereby saved her from the trauma and the high cost of undergoing a surgery.

“When there is a foreign body in the lung, the lungs gets destroyed. When the lung gets destroyed, there could be pus formation, pneumonia and over a period of time it could cause irreparable damage," said Dr. Tinku Joseph. “Among people who are suffering from asthma and allergy, there is a high risk of aspiration of nasal piercings and studs if they are not worn properly. Also such objects can lead to persistent nasal irritation and sneezing among people who are suffering from allergy,” he added.

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Radiosurgery for Intracranial Indications : Update 2017

Radiosurgery for Intracranial Indications : Update 2017 was a one day CME and workshop aimed at divulging the underexplored scope of radiosurgery in the treatment of intracranial indications through evidence-based approach to provide insight for the young radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, allied professionals and to the practicing consultants about the comprehensive approaches of robotic radiosurgery and neurosurgery for intracranial indications. It was the second academic programme of the year hosted on December 16, 2017 in connection with radio-surgery following the “AAHPRT”- CME & Liver SBRT Workshop on June and July 2017.

The CME also portrayed the protocol-based novel approaches developed and practiced in Robotic Radiosurgery at the Centre for High Precision Radiotherapy, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.

There was an overwhelming response from divergent group of professionals pan India and especially from Kerala. The event was jointly organised by the Department of Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in association with AROI (Association of Radiation Oncologists of India) - Kerala Chapter. This tri-point amalgamation marked a memorable union of experts and thus resulted in an unbounded knowledge exchange. Expert from different parts of India shared their experience with the young and budding aspirants wishing to take radiosurgery treatment as carrier option.

33rd Annual Review Meeting of National Cancer Registry Programme held at Amrita Hospital

The National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) held the 33rd Annual Review Meeting of National Cancer Registry Programme at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, during November 28 - 30, 2017. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Prasanth Mathur, Director, NCDIR.

33rd Annual Review Meeting of National Cancer Registry Programme

Almost 45 registries and their representative staff participated in the three-day programme. Such registries are spread over in many parts of the country. The representatives presented reports on cancer in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Gujarat, Delhi, Kolkata, Assam, Mizoram, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc. From Kerala, almost ten registries took part.

33rd Annual Review Meeting of National Cancer Registry Programme

In the meeting there were detailed presentations and discussions of the experiences in cancer registry operations. There was also a strong suggestion that cancer be made a notifiable disease in the country. Many scientists from different parts of the country participated in the meeting. Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine; Prof. P. Gangadharan, Chief, Cancer Registry, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and several doctors from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences participated. Dr. N. K. Kuttappan, District Medical Officer, Ernakulam also actively participated in the proceedings.

Respiratory Care Week 2017 Observed

The Division of Respiratory Therapy, Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Paul in collaboration with IARC (Indian Association of Respiratory Care) observed Respiratory Care Week during October 22 - 28, 2017.

This annual event raises awareness for improving lung health, recognises the respiratory care practitioner. Dr.(Col.)Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine inaugurated the Respiratory Care Week celebrations on October 22 at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. Dr. Lakshmi Kumar, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care presided over the function.

Quiz competitions, poster presentations, ICU training sessions and scientific talks were held as a part of this awareness programme.