The visualization of blood vessels of the brain and the blood flow within is called cerebral angiography. Egas Moniz has been credited for the discovery of this wonderful technique in 1927. Before the advent of CT Scan and MRI, angiography was the mainstay for diagnosing brain lesions. During the 1980s when I was training, angiography was the only major diagnostic tool available. Displacement of various blood vessels in the brain was used as a clue to identify the side and location of tumors or blood clots in the brain and the operations were planned accordingly....
Headache is a common enough malady and it would be well nigh impossible to find one person who has not suffered it at least once in his life time. Children are no exception to this rule. However, unlike adults who may have several harmless reasons for a headache, frequent recurrence of the affliction among children needs to be taken seriously. This does not mean that every headache in a child is a sign of brain tumour. Far from it: Childhood migraines are common enough....
More than six decades ago India gained independence, meaning freedom from colonial governance. On this day in 2015 as we celebrate our tryst with destiny, it is indeed time to salute a whole generation of leaders from across all divides who led millions of Indians in an unprecedented show of human solidarity against the Raj and finally won us our independent place in history....
To us the former President was like family. We met every once in a memorable while, dined together and created some indelible memories. I even sang for him once at the end of a much delayed meeting, at 12 in the night, on his request. So, even as the country bleeds tears on his sudden demise, we, like many others who knew him closely, feel a deep sense of personal loss. We are bereaved…However, given the inevitability of death he went in a manner most befitting his glorious life.
In Hindu mythology, the almighty Shiva is said to have ‘transplanted’ an elephant’s head on Lord Ganesha, in what is the first recorded instance of a feat that has thus far failed to break out of the realms of science fiction.
Unfazed, however, visionary neurosurgeons around the world have spent whole lifetimes in pursuit of this seemingly impossible medical mission that, if ever achieved, will rank as the grandest scientific feat in human history, even higher than landing on the moon.
The World Parkinson’s Day was observed at the BGS Global Hospital, Kengeri, Bangalore. Nearly 100-120 participants both PD patients and their care-givers and supporters belonging to our service organization “Basal Ganglia Support Group” headed by a highly dedicated chair, Mrs Radha Ramaswamy had assembled to observe the World Parkinson’s Day.
My visit to Maldives gave me an opportunity to discover a whole universe of natural creation. In fact witnessing the incredible burst of colours that swirls magically in an infinite, liquid expanse, it is difficult to escape the feeling that the quintessential charms of the living world lie under water, making everything else seem almost frivolous. This is a constantly moving universe teeming with life and yet, despite all the restlessness, surprisingly tranquil.
On March 16 more than a 1000 doctors from hospitals across the city of Bangalore came together in a rare show of solidarity for a common cause: the freedom to practice medicine fearlessly. More than the obvious, the protest spotlighted the relentlessly trying circumstances in which doctors work virtually round the clock through their lives—a fact that’s largely disregarded in public discourse.
Lack of sleep is called insomnia. If pathological, insomnia can lead to chronic sleep deprivation heightening the risk of hypertension, diabetes, stroke, epilepsy and behavioural disorders. The condition is characterized by loss in attentiveness and a tendency to slip into short bouts of sleep during daytime, which affects productivity and even serious accidents. It also leads to changes in appetite, body metabolism and personality. Gradually, a combination of all these factors may lead to depression.
We worship Lord Ganesha particularly at the start of any new task because he the Adipathi is known to remove all obstacles. He is supposed to bring good luck, inspire noble thoughts and eliminate all hurdles and obstacles.
From one individual to another, the physical construct of the Human Mind does not change. Yet, it is every-day knowledge that no two people behave the same way, exhibit similar capabilities or believe in the same values. This phenomenon is best exemplified by our religious persuasions.
In the living world there is just nothing more mind-bogglingly remarkable than the human brain. But it is only now that researchers armed with advanced imaging technologies like FMRI and Tractography are beginning to unravel the deepest mysteries of this extraordinary organ. What they have uncovered is a complex network of super-specialized electrical centres, each responsible for a different emotion. Beyond this, they have succeeded in mapping love, hate, compassion, lust, violence and every other human emotion to specific parts of the brain, opening the possibility of our being able to actually modify our behaviour the way we want simply by tweaking these control centres.
Becoming a medical doctor is a wonderful way of wearing several hats: that of a student, teacher, care-giver, planner, researcher, innovator, administrator and a wholesome contributor. A doctor’s life begins as a student, progresses to that of a scientist and rapidly expands to embrace several other multifaceted roles, making him a true artist in life.
Six months ago, a colleague referred a brother and sister from a nearby district. They regularly helped as exam cases at his previous hospital, as they had Spinal Muscular Atrophy(SMA). Their parents were told that the condition had no cure and that the children would die in their teens.
Neurosurgery has evolved from the era of trephination to modern mcroneurosurgery over the last century.Victor Darwin Lespinasse used urethroscope to visualize the cerebral ventricle andperformed choroid plexectomy for which he is acknowledged as the “Father of Neuroendoscopy.” Since then several advances in technology, optics,instrumentation and video imaging has led to dramatic improvements in neuroendoscopy. This has been accompanied by a steady progress in innovation, applications and indications.
From trephination to transplantation, neurosurgery has come a long way indeed, to levels of sophistication that could not have been imagined even a decade ago.
Back then in the era of trephination, neurosurgeons struggled in the face of impossible odds pertaining to localization, illumination, magnification, instrumentation, bleeding and infection. Morbidity was, therefore, unacceptably high.
All across the medical world, stem cells are igniting fresh hope and exciting new possibilities in the treatment of serious diseases. In this post, GIN’s Chief Neurosurgeon, Dr N K Venkataramana talks about different types of stem cells and their role in neuro regenerative medicine.
Buoyed by the discovery of cell receptors, crucial enzymes and onco genes the understanding and management of brain tumours has improved vastly over the last two decades. This has resulted in the development of newer and more effective surgical, medicinal and radiological treatment options.
Brain tumours occur due to excessive growth either of brain substance proper or of its surrounding meninges or blood vessels. Once these tumors reach a particular size they begin to compress the brain tissues around them causing neurological symptoms like seizure, progressive paralysisand sensoryloss,visual loss, hearing impairment and walking difficulty.
A disorder of the central nervous system, epilepsy causes repeated episodes of unprovoked seizures or fits. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds and is triggered by the disturbance of your brain’s normal cell activity. Fits are a fairly common occurrence. It is estimated that one in every thousand people will experience an attack of seizure at least once in his life time.