Neurosurgeons at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore, have done a surgery to set right craniosynostosis (abnormal shape of the head) in a three-month-old male baby. The hospital said in a press release that the child was born with premature fusing of skull bones, which resulted in the head being shaped like a boat. Neurosurgeon R. Murali, paediatrician N. Ganesan and anaesthetist Ashok Kumar teamed up to remove a fused bone in the midline of the skull and also made cuts in the fused areas so that the head could acquire normal shape.

Instead of the conventional open surgery, the hospital performed a minimally invasive procedure using a neuroendoscope. This method required only a small incision to gain access to the region where the surgical correction had to be done. According to the surgeon, this procedure ensured very little blood loss.

In this case, it was even more important that blood loss was restricted as the patient was only three-and-a-half months old.

The hospital explained that the skull was made of many bones and their fusing at joints began normally at the age of two. The fusing was completed only at the age of 12. But, this child was born with fused joints (also called sutures). The procedure done at the hospital was suturectomy (removal of the sutures), which was aimed at providing a better cosmetic appearance to the skull as the child grew up.

New dialysis centre

Lions Clubs International District 324 B1 has opened a dialysis centre for patients with kidney failure.

The Lions Dialysis Centre was inaugurated by Past Multiple Council Chairman, A.S. Subbian at Bala Medical Centre, Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore recently.

Anniversary

A medical camp was organised by Alandurai Isha Rural Health Clinic (IRHC) in association with Kalpana Medical Centre to mark the clinic's fourth anniversary. The camp included free blood sugar level tests, consultation with general physician, optician, orthopaedician, physiotherapist, obstetrician and gynaecologist. Anaemia screening was conducted for 100 children. Medicines for anaemia were also distributed.

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