Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pediatric Neurosurgery - Indian Prospective

Year : 2011 |
: 6 |
: 3 |
: 1

Indian pediatric neurosurgery has come a long way! It all started with the dream of one person with a passion for pediatric neurosurgery and the zeal to develop this subspeciality in India. Over the years, his persistence and perseverance finally culminated in the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) coming to Bombay, as it was then called, for its annual meeting in 1989. The spark was ignited. This meeting, attended by several Indians, enthused them to establish the Indian Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (IndSPN) in 1990 with this dreamer, Prof. S. N. Bhagwati, as the founder President.

Interest in pediatric neurosurgery has increased over the years with several neurosurgeons taking this up as their special interest. The demographics of the country and the shortage of neurosurgeons precludes them from doing only pediatric neurosurgery to the exclusion of the rest of neurosurgery - but often the heart is in pediatric neurosurgery. A major role in kindling this interest has been the willingness of the International Society to hold academic meetings and Continuing Medical Education meetings frequently in India. The Indian Society has been holding regular conferences and has a good academic program. Its journal, "Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences" is in its 6th year of publication and attracts contributions from both India and overseas.

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Epilepsy surgery in India

Year : 2011 |
: 6 |
: 3 |
: 130-134


Modern epilepsy started in India in 1995 at Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Trivandrum and at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. At both centres the attempt was to get the program going with patients having surgically remediable epilepsy syndromes -who could be evaluated with non invasive investigations. The mainstay of the evaluation was a good quality epilepsy specific MRI and video EEG coupled with a SPECT study and a neuropsychological evaluation. Concordance of the focus on all investigations was critical to a good outcome. There were several problems on the way - but they were managed keeping in consideration our local needs and requirements. Intraoperative electocorticography was done and good outcomes attained. The critical determinants of success were the formation of a team with various interdisciplinary specialists and a strong will to succeed.

Singh VP. Epilepsy surgery in India. J Pediatr Neurosci [serial online] 2011 [cited 2011 Oct 18];6:130-4.

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Monday, October 10, 2011


  • Lower bachake-10 years
  • Urinary frequency-2 years
  • Pain right lower limb-5 months


  • Power in both lower limbs-4+/5
  • DTR’s –absent in both lower limbs
  • Right ankle clonus
  • B/L plantars-mute
  • B/L sensory loss in S2-S4 by 20%


  • MRI dorso-lumbar spine


  • D12-L1 laminectomy with complete excision of the tumor done


  • Paraganglioma