by Marshaneil Soumi D' Rozario | 09 FEB 2018
The Fortis Comprehensive Epilepsy Centre (FCEC) at Fortis Malar in collaboration with Indian Academy of Paediatrics, the Chennai City Branch organized a conference recently at Hotel Raintree. The conference was centered around “Recent Advances in Paediatric Neurology”. The major highlight of the conference was the session on Autoimmune Encephalitis. One of the fundamental objective of the conference was to furnish exhaustive review for all the treatable disorders with a goal to enhance the outcome of the patients. 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 Hospital and 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. Autoimmune Encephalitis is a distinct group of neuro-psychiatric disorders.The delegates actively participated and discussed various recent treatment guidelines for the emerging childhood neurological conditions like autoimmune encephalitis.
Dr Sheetal Sharda, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, MedGenome spoke on recent advances in genetic diagnosis stated that “The correct diagnosis, with help of genetic testing, can benefit many patients as far as understanding the prognosis, management or prenatal diagnosis is concerned.”
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. 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”.
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