Fortis Malar in association with Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Chennai organizes “Recent Advances in Paediatric Neurology”

Fortis Malar in association with Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Chennai organizes “Recent Advances in Paediatric Neurology”

Highlight of the conference was the Session on Autoimmune Encephalitis

Chennai, Feb 1, 2018 : Fortis Comprehensive Epilepsy Centre (FCEC) at Fortis Malar Hospital in association with Indian Academy of Paediatrics – Chennai City Branch, organized “Recent Advances in Paediatric Neurology” The purpose of the conference was to provide a comprehensive review of all the treatable disorders with an aim to improve patients’ outcomes. More than 330 doctors from different specialties like paediatrics, neurology and paediatrics neurology from Tamil Nadu attended the conference.

Dr Suvasini Sharma from Lady Harding Medical College and Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Rachna Sehgal from Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Naveen Sankhyan from PGIMER, Chandigarh and Dr Mahesh Kamate from KLE University, Belgaum were the guest faculties in the conference. Dr Satish Kumar, Consultant Neurologist and stroke specialist at Fortis Malar Hospitaland Prof G. Kumaresan, senior consultant paediatric neurologist from Kanchi Kamakodi Child Trust Hospital, Chennai and Dr. Karthik, Associate professor, Department of Neurological sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore were the other faculty at the conference.

The highlight of the conference was the sessions on autoimmune encephalitis and on newer molecular genetic diagnosis for various childhood neurological diseases. The delegates actively participated and discussed various recent treatment guidelines for the emerging childhood neurological conditions like autoimmune encephalitis.

Dr. Dinesh Nayak, senior consultant neurologist and epileptologist, Fortis Malar hospital spoke on the scope of epilepsy surgery and presented many complex surgical cases from the Fortis Comprehensive Epilepsy Centre, Chennai. He said, “Epilepsy surgery is the treatment of choice for those epilepsy patients who have surgically amenable lesions”.

Dr. Lakshminarayanan, consultant paediatric neurologist, Fortis Malar hospital presented a case series of 12 children with rare difficult to treat autoimmune encephalitis that were treated and completely cured of the disease, in the last two years. Dr. Lakshminarayanan, who spoke on Epilepsy Pearls said, “Over 80% of children with epilepsy could be cured with available medications alone and further emphasized that patient specific antiepileptic medication choice can go a long way in curing patients’ epilepsy.”

Dr Sheetal Sharda, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, MedGenome who spoke on recent advances in genetic diagnosis said “The correct diagnosis, with help of genetic testing, can benefit many patients as far as understanding the prognosis, management or prenatal diagnosis is concerned.”

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