DEPARTMENT OF GASTROENTROLOGY

Ongoing and proposed research activities in progress

Out patient services

are conducted six days a week. The number of patients attending OPD has increased by 33% in two years from 3450 in July 2007 to 4687 patients in July 2009.

Inpatient services

Despites increase in number of critically sick patients which many a times takes lot of our human resources, our endeavor is to maintain a high quality service. As an effort to improve the follow-up clinical care computerized registry for all the hospitalized cases has been started in our department.

Endoscopy Services -

Diagnostic & Therapeutic endoscopy procedures are now performed using Video Endoscopy System. This improves objectivity of findings and is of particular use in imparting high quality training to the residents and students. This has a great impact in improving quality of endoscopic services.

Under Development -

About one fourth of our patients attending OPD and admitted in wards are consequence of hepatitis virus infection, particularly Hepatitis B and C. These patients require estimation of viral load and genotyping of hepatitis virus. These studies are frequently required during therapy and follow up which can last up to several years. Each test cost between Rs.7,000-10,000/- which our patients can ill afford. We are planning to start PCR testing for viral load and viral genotypes of Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C virus on an estimated cost of Rs.1000/- per test.

Research titles
1. Molecular Diagnosis of Intestinal Tuberculosis
2. Steroid dependent ulcerative colitis; clinical & endoscpic profile with special references to immunological marks
3. Molecular Diagnosis of Intestinal Tuberculosis
4. steroid dependent ulcerative colitis; clinical & endoscpic profile with special references to immunological marks
5. Virological Response to Nucleoside Analogues in HBV related Chronic Liver Diseases
6. Genotypic Diversity of Helicobacter pylori among different Individuals.
7. Molecular Characterazation of Microbial Isolates in patient with Ulcerative Colitis
8. Effect of Nutrition and Socio-Economic Parameters on Progression of Chronic Liver Diseases