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In a Rare Surgery, Doctors cure a Teenager with severe Ligament Damage through mere Stitches at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi

Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) avulsion fractures are a type of avulsion fracture of the knee that represent the most common isolated PCL lesion

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New Delhi, Nov 26, 2016: In a rare surgery, doctors at city-based Safdarjung Hospital on Friday cured a teenager with severe ligament avulsion fracture through mere stitches instead of using any implant like screws or endo button, doctors said.

According to the doctors, the other advantages of such surgeries is that such techniques bring down the cost by 70-80 per cent.

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The unique surgery, which has been adopted by a few nations such as Germany and US, was performed by a team of doctors lead by Balvinder Singh, an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at Safdarjung Hospital.

According to Singh, 18-year old Ankur was unable to walk and bed-ridden for the last three weeks after meeting with an accident and suffered from posterior cruciate ligament avulsion fracture.

Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) avulsion fractures are a type of avulsion fracture of the knee that represent the most common isolated PCL lesion. This typically involves separation of the posterior tibial insertion of the PCL to variable degrees.

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“Unlike open ortho surgeries till now, in this case we performed arthoscopic surgery and used stitches to treat the problem,” said Singh.

The laprascopic ortho surgery was performed on Friday and some of the other doctors included senior residents Taha Ahmed and Mohit Garg and anaesthetist Anshu Meena.

“The patient had come to us as a last resort and we chose to perform this unique surgery,” said Singh.

According to the doctors,A the open surgeries which cost the patient over Rs 1.5 lakh in private hospitals while more than Rs 50,000 in government hospitals can come down to Rs 10,000 if this surgery is adopted. (IANS)

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Cellphone-based tech could cut lab visits for blood tests

The portable MELISA weighs less than half a kg, and the researchers believe that it has the potential help older patients suffering chronic conditions and those across the world

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Blood Tests now available on mobile phones.
Blood Tests now available on mobile phones.
  • Researchers have developed a cellphone-based blood test
  • This can save visits to doctors
  • The technology is called Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)

Researchers have developed a cellphone-based blood test technology that can provide immediate results in the comfort of one’s home or a doctor’s clinic, thereby cutting visits to the laboratory.

In a paper published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the researchers detailed a mobile version of the “Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay” (ELISA), the gold standard technique used to detect the presence of an antibody or antigen.

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“ELISA is an important technology for biochemical analysis of proteins and hormones and is critical for the diagnosis of many diseases, such as HIV and Lyme Disease,” said corresponding author Anna Pyayt, Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, US.

“But the machines required for the incubation and reading are expensive and bulky,” Pyayt said. Instead of sending patients to a laboratory, the new cellphone-based technology – Mobile Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (MELISA) — allows for the very same test to be conducted in the doctor’s office, clinic or even in a remote area.

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“The MELISA allows patients to undergo testing and obtain results at point-of-care,” Pyayt said. The device accurately measures progesterone levels, a key hormone that impacts female fertility and is indicative of some cancers.

It consists of a water bath heater that incubates samples at a target temperature and analyses them via images taken by mobile phone. The device uses colour analysis to determine the RGB (red, green, blue) colour components of each sample. The blue colour component is used for further analysis due to its sensitivity to the changes in progesterone concentration.

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“It is designed to make biomedical testing simple and affordable. When low cost testing can be integrated with routine clinic visits, this would greatly improve the quality of healthcare and detect worrisome signs earlier,” Pyayt added. The portable MELISA weighs less than half a kg, and the researchers believe that it has the potential help older patients suffering chronic conditions and those across the world. IANS