New diagnostic facility at medical college

Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: The Kozhikode Medical College now has a High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), a diagnostic facility that would greatly improve management of diabetes and thalassemia, besides other diseases.

The HPLC has started functioning at the department of pathology.

It is the first of its kind to be installed in the State by health service K.P. Aravindan, head of the department, said this equipment could be used to accurately quantify every normal and abnormal haemoglobin fraction.

The facility enables the diagnosis and scientific management of diseases like thalassemia, sickle cell anaemia and other abnormal blood-related diseases.

It also measures HbAlc to help doctors evolve strategies in the long-term control of diabetes and to modify the treatment strategies.

P.V. Narayanan, Vice-Principal, Kozhikode Medical College, inaugurated the diagnostic facility on Saturday at a function organised jointly by departments of pathology and paediatrics by handing a test-result to a patient.

Lulu Mathews, head of paediatrics department, and Aravindan, spoke.

Edna D’Souza, from Mumbai, Chandini, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Feroze M, Assistant Professor of Pathology made presentations on various topics.

The High Performance Liquid Chromatography facility would greatly benefit diabetics and thalassemia patients attending the paediatric haematooncology clinic. It would also facilitate research work in haematological disorders and diabetes, Prof. Aravindan said.

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