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Training and teaching:
Faculty is involved in guiding MD, DM, PhD students working various aspects of tuberculosis.
Division regularly gets short and long term trainees
Division has developed following modules
Grand round in Childhood Tuberculosis
Reading of Chest X ray in children
International Tuberculosis Training Module in Collaboration with Experts from India (Prof Varinder Singh), South Africa (Prof Ben Marias, Prof Anneke Hasseling) and Norway (Prof H Grewal)
Contribution of the department to public health policy:
Categorization of different form of TB in children, with Prof Seth’s efforts, categorization suggested by us have been incorporated in RNTCP
Specialized services provided:
Sputum induction and gastric aspiration for identification of mycobacterium tuberculosis: Sputum and gastric aspirate are done on ambulatory basis on patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Pediatrics OPD by prior appointments.
Identification of AFB by smear and culture by MGIT media in collaboration with the Department of Laboratory Medicine.
Interferon gamma release assay using Quantiferon-gold test as part of a research project.
Bronchoscopy and broncho-alveolar lavage and bronchial brush biopsy for children with pulmonary tuberculosis.
Fine needle aspiration cytology and cultures in children with lymphnode tuberculosis (In collaboration with Pathology an dmicrobiology departments).
CT/ USG guided FNAC/ biopsy in children with medaistinal or abdominal tuberculosis in collaboration with departments of Radiodiagnosis, Microbiology and Pathology
Management of MDR/XDR tuberculosis in children
Division is actively involved in various aspects of childhood tuberculosis including pharmacokinetics of anti tuberculosis drugs
Categorization of childhood tuberculosis on the line of revised national tuberculosis control program
Systematic review on daily versus intermittent treatment in children
Feasibility of induced sputum and gastric aspirates in ambulatory basis
Role of bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage in childhood tuberculosis
HIV and TB coinfection
Role of multimineral supplementation along with antituberculosis drugs in children with intrathoracic tuberculosis
Comparison of different methods for identification of mycobacterium tuberculosis in childhood tuberculosis
Role of CT scan in assessment of childhood tuberculosis
Pharmacokinetic studies on first line anti tuberculosis drugs
Weekly out-patient services: Friday 2 PM in Pediatrics OPD (room 9-11)
Weekly Clinic attendance: 60- 70 per clinic (300 new cases per annum)
Patients are provided with free medicines (arranged by NGO- IC Trust)
Break up of cases: Pulmonary tuberculosis 50%, Extra pulmonary TB (lymphnode, abdominal, CNS, renal, pericardial etc) 50%