Sunday, November 6, 2016

Three Day Conference To Help Better Understanding of Epilepsy Patients Among Neurologists

Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru’s trusted quaternary care and multi-specialty health facility inaugurated a three-day CME on ‘Epilepsy in Clinical Practice’ today at the Hotel Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore. Ambreesh M H, renowned actor and politician was the Chief Guest for the event. The objective of the conference is to improve the understanding of epilepsy care among neurologists and neurosurgeons and discuss the latest developments in the field. This conference was attended by more than 150 delegates including practicing neurologists, neurosurgeons and students of neurosciences across India. Few delegates from Nepal and Bangladesh also participated in the conference. This initiative will help significantly improve overall epilepsy care in this region. 

Speaking on the occasion Ambreesh M H, renowned actor and politician appraised that“I am happy to be part of this International conference.  This is a good initiative taken by Vikram Hospital Bengaluru to train the neurologists, neurosurgeons and students of neurosciencesin recent advances inmanaging epilepsy.

Dr Rajesh B Iyer, Consultant Neurologist and Epileptologist, Vikram Hospital Bengaluru, pointed out that “Epilepsy care needs to be improved in India as there is a huge treatment gap for both medically and surgical treatable patients. Epilepsy affects 0.5% of the population. It is important to improve awareness of recent advances in treatment of epilepsy among doctors.

Dr. Raghavendra S, Consultant Neurologist and Epileptologist Vikram Hospital, appraised that most of the people perceive that epilepsy is shaking of limbs and loss of consciousness and associated injuries. There is a lot of social stigma associated with this. However, there are many types of epilepsies and some of them are as simple as just a momentary blackout. Often children suffer from impaired scholastic performance just because of a silent epileptic process in the brain which can be easily corrected and children can return back to their normal school.

Dr. B. A. Chandramouli, Consultant Neurologist, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru"About 20 to 30% of patients with epilepsies remain resistant to medicines. About 2 to 4 lakh people in India are potential candidates for epilepsy surgery. There have been tremendous advances in investigative technologies to identify the seizure focus and enable surgical removal. The surgery will help control epilepsy, improve quality of life and reduce economic burden on the family.

Sudhir Pai, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru emphasized that “This is a unique conference because more than 50 experts in the field of epilepsy will come together to discuss various options of epilepsy care”.  "Vikram Hospital has facilities to perform these highly advanced procedures and has been effectively running the epilepsy program from last 5 years.”

Epilepsy care requires a comprehensive approach amongst various specialists including a trained epileptologist, highly experienced neuro surgeon, accurate electrographers who can do good EEGs, neuroanaesthetists, neuro radiologists, neurophsycologists, occupational therapists, psychiartists etc. to run a comprehensive epilepsy program. At the conference, 50 specialists will be invited from the field of epilepsy including some international specialists who will discuss various aspects of epilepsy and its treatment.

Vikram Hospital Bengaluru is a quaternary care, multi-specialty hospital. It provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines and has outstanding capabilities in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Stroke and Epilepsy, Orthopaedic and Trauma Care, Spine Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Gastroenterology and Hepatobillary, Nephrology, Urology, Critical Care, Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Maxillofacial, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Medical and Surgical Oncology, Gynaecology. 

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