GUILLAIN BARRE SYNDROME as a presenting feature of SARS CoV 2 INFECTION


Introduction Guillain Barre syndrome (GBS) refers to an acute onset polyradiculoneuropathy, which commonly manifests with rapidly progressive weakness of all 4 limbs, usually starting in lower limbs, then ascending to involve upper limbs. Muscle tone is reduced (hypotonia) and the deep tendon reflexes are either sluggish or absent. Minor sensory symptoms such as distal paresthesiaContinue reading “GUILLAIN BARRE SYNDROME as a presenting feature of SARS CoV 2 INFECTION”

COVID 19 TESTING: INDIA VERSUS THE REST- WHERE DO WE STAND?


COVID 19 TESTING: INDIA VERSUS THE REST- WHERE DO WE STAND? Covid 19, a global pandemic, which began in China in late December 2019, has spread to more than 200 countries in the world. The total numbers of Covid 19 infected people have been rapidly increasing in some countries such as USA, UK, Italy, Spain,Continue reading “COVID 19 TESTING: INDIA VERSUS THE REST- WHERE DO WE STAND?”

INDIA AS A SUPPLIER OF HCQ TO REST OF THE WORLD: JUSTIFIED OR NOT?


INDIA AS A SUPPLIER OF HCQ TO REST OF THE WORLD: JUSTIFIED OR NOT? There has been a lot of criticism of PM Modi after a ban on export of HCQs were lifted and India agreed to supply HCQ to US and other countries. However, is this criticism justified?First, let us look at Indian pharmaceuticalContinue reading “INDIA AS A SUPPLIER OF HCQ TO REST OF THE WORLD: JUSTIFIED OR NOT?”

WOMEN FIGHT COVID 19 BETTER THAN MEN


WOMEN FIGHT COVID 19 BETTER THAN MEN It is no secret that males are the weaker gender in many aspects. On an average, men die younger than women and the prevalence of life threatening diseases such as heart attacks; stroke and cancer are more in men than in women. The same holds true with respectContinue reading “WOMEN FIGHT COVID 19 BETTER THAN MEN”

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND CORONA VIRUS DISEASE


ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND CORONA VIRUS DISEASE Alcohol use is a global health concern, ranking seventh among the leading causes of death and disability.  Alcohol consumption is associated with many serious illnesses including liver cirrhosis, dementia, cerebellar ataxia, nutritional deficiency, etc and it is also a major risk factor for road traffic accidents. Despite these healthContinue reading “ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND CORONA VIRUS DISEASE”

ANOSMIA, HYPOSMIA AND DYSGEUSIA can be the First Symptoms of Covid 19


Loss of Smell and Taste Could be Early Symptoms of Covid 19 The typical symptoms of Covid 19 are fever, cough and breathing difficulty. However, several cases have been reported, where patients presented with lack of smell and taste, who were later diagnosed to be having Covid 19. Many of these patients had no respiratoryContinue reading “ANOSMIA, HYPOSMIA AND DYSGEUSIA can be the First Symptoms of Covid 19”

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for Covid 19 Prevention


Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine: Should you take them for Covid 19 Prevention? Chloroquine is routinely used in the treatment of malaria. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is used for treating malaria and rheumatological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, etc. Recently they have been in news with regards to their proposed role in preventing Covid 19 infectionContinue reading “Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for Covid 19 Prevention”

Useful Information on COVID 19 Infection


Useful Information on Covid 19 Infection Caused by SARS-CoV2 Covid 19 infection caused by the SARS-CoV 2 virus has become a global pandemic. It started in China in late December 2019 and has rapidly spread to many countries across the world. As of now, the overall trends show an increase in the total number ofContinue reading “Useful Information on COVID 19 Infection”

MRI BRAIN in a Case of Cardio-embolic Stroke


Cardio-embolic strokes refer to infarcts in brain due to embolism from heart. Typically, infarcts in cardio-embolic strokes involve multiple arterial territories. In the MRI shown above, we can see multiple acute infarcts in bilateral anterior as well as posterior circulation territories. This patient was a 60 year old lady, with patent foramen ovale (PFO) andContinue reading “MRI BRAIN in a Case of Cardio-embolic Stroke”

COVID 19 (Corona Virus) RELATED ANXIETY DISORDER


Corona (Covid 19) Related Anxiety Disorder Corona virus infection, better known as Covid 19 infection, which started in China about three months ago, has rapidly spread to about 150 countries. So far, about 1,50,000 people have been infected with Covid 19, out of whom about 5,500 people have died. Various forms of media (including TV,Continue reading “COVID 19 (Corona Virus) RELATED ANXIETY DISORDER”