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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63


Department of Paediatrics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission21-May-2020
Date of Acceptance29-May-2020
Date of Web Publication18-Jun-2020

Correspondence Address:
R N Srivastava
Department of Paediatrics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_41_20

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Srivastava R N. Editorial. Apollo Med 2020;17:63

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Srivastava R N. Editorial. Apollo Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 28];17:63. Available from: http://www.apollomedicine.org/text.asp?2020/17/2/63/287093

The present issue of the Journal is being brought out in unprecedented and unimaginable times. The COVID pandemic has shaken the world and brought untold misery to humankind. The adverse socioeconomic influences will be felt for a very long time. Most medical publications and media are providing extensive information about various aspects of the COVID disease such as the preventive measures, treatment, and vaccine development. One would hope that global efforts will succeed to contain the COVID virus infection and normal conditions will resume soon in the near future. It is also very likely that the gamut of the existing diseases might show an increase in view of suspension of adequate medical attention to their management. These would need to be appropriately addressed.

The management of COVID-affected respiratory disease has been challenging enough. However, medical and surgical emergencies during this period present many difficulties. Vaishya briefly comments on the surgical aspects while carrying out various procedures. Singh has discussed the preventive measures and the precautions to be taken during dental surgery.

Gupta et al. present their observations on the pattern of blunt trauma to the chest, which was the most common form of injury from road traffic accidents. They report that in a majority of cases, measures such as tube thoracostomy were beneficial, although the mortality rate was high due to associated head injuries. Alsaeiti et al. present the observations on self-intoxication seen at a medical center in Benghazi, Libya. Such incidents were found in all sections of the society, in different age groups, and involved a variety of toxic substances. Limited availability of psychiatric facilities precludes the appropriate management of this problem. Alsaeti et al. have also reported on the difficult and ignored problem of insomnia among medical students and examined the sleep quality. Unsatisfactory sleep habits and poor quality of sleep were frequent observations, and intake of hypnotic medications was present in a small proportion. These problems, although seemingly not serious, require appropriate counseling as they could affect students' academic performance. Rahibhattaprolu and Sardana present several cases having acute intermittent porphyria with neurological features.

Vaish et al. have reviewed the nonsurgical management of acquired flatfoot in adults, which is a common condition having multiple pathologies. An extensive review of a large number of studies shows that a conservative approach usually gives satisfactory results. Surgery is recommended for fixed deformities.

Renjen et al. have reviewed the role of thymectomy in patients with myasthenia gravis. Despite its shortcomings, the procedure may be considered in disease that has persisted for >3 years.

Several reports of interesting and rare cases are included. Chandsha and Padhi observed patients with hypokalemia caused by diverse underlying factors. They review the investigative approach to this common dyselectrolytemia. Pandey describes the findings in patients with scrub typhus. Hanmayya reports a case of pancreatitis in pregnancy induced by hypertriglyceridemia and the related issues in its management. Reddy and Khanapure report on making prenatal diagnosis of gastroschisis on ultrasonography, which helps prompt perinatal and surgical management that leads to excellent survival. Reddy et al. also describe an interesting case of a patient with beta thalassemia who developed massive iron overload, where ultrasonographic findings resembled a mass lesion. Jindal et al. report a case of fungal brain abscess from Aspergillus nidulans and comment upon its rarity.

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