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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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Parents are urged to have their children take basic precautions, such as washing hands and using insect spray to ward off mosquito bites.

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Children inspect a Blue Morpho butterfly at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Oct. 3, 2018. Little is known about acute flaccid myelitis, but it is known that more than 90 percent of the confirmed cases are in children 18 years old or younger. The average age of patients is 4.. VOA

Federal and state health officials are baffled by a mysterious and rare illness that seems to target children, causing paralysis.

As of Tuesday, 62 cases of what doctors are calling acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed in 22 states. Sixty-five suspected cases are being investigated.

“There is a lot we don’t know about AFM and I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven’t been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness,” Nancy Messonnier, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control, said Tuesday.

What is known about the illness is that more than 90 percent of the confirmed cases are in children 18 years old or younger. The average age of patients is 4.

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But what is particularly confounding doctors is that the number of cases spikes only every other year. Pixabay

Victims generally suffer from muscle weakness and some paralysis of the face, neck, back, arms and legs. The paralysis sets in about a week after the children have come down with fever and respiratory illness.

There is no specific treatment, and most of the victims recover. But the long-term effects are still unknown.

Messonnier called it a “pretty dramatic disease.”

Health experts have ruled out some causes, including poliovirus and West Nile virus.

But what is particularly confounding doctors is that the number of cases spikes only every other year — with larger numbers in 2014, 2016 and this year — and fewer cases in 2015 and 2017.

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Parents are urged to have their children take basic precautions, such as washing hands and using insect spray to ward off mosquito bites. Doctors are also urging that vaccines be kept up to date.

Any child experiencing weakness or loss of muscle tone in the arms and legs should be examined immediately. (VOA)