Saturday, May 22, 2010


Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata: An institute dedicated towards quality treatment of brain and nerve diseases had recently successfully operated upon a 4-year-old girl with Moya-Moya Disease of the brain.

Described first time in Japan in 1957, Moya-Moya is a progressive disease of the brain with an incidence of one per million populations. The cause of Moya-Moya disease in unknown but in 10% cases there is a chance of genetic predisposition. Children presenting with this disease land up having ischemic strokes, seizures or involuntary movements of the limbs.

A team of dedicated Neurosurgeons of national & international repute with support from paediatric neurologists and Neuro-radiologists performed a rare surgery EDGAMS to relieve the congestion in blood vessels within the child’s brain. In spite of the surgery being complex, the child was fit to be discharged in 5 days time.

A 37-year-old driver was brought to the hospital with history of sudden onset severe headache which was probably the worst headache of his life. CT-angio revealed a blister in one of the main artery of his brain which was sitting like a bomb ready to burst anybody’s guess (Basilar Artery Aneurysm)!

A brain angiography (DSA) was performed following which the patient finally underwent a highly complicated brain surgery and was discharged a week later with a new lease of life.

Management of Basilar Artery Aneurysm is one of the most challenging areas in neurosurgery. Through Endovascular modality in management of such cases is gaining popularity, the cost remains a major hurdle for the poor and unaffordable. Multidisciplinary approach, quick decision and management along with low cost is the need of the hour for such patients.

About Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata

Institute if Neuroscience Kolkata (I-NK) brain child of the “Neurosurgeon of the Millennium” - Dr. (Prof). R. P. Sengupta, with support from the State Government, the KMC, the neuroscience foundation of Bengal and philanthropic organizations/individuals across the globe today stands high in the heart of the city as a pride of Bengal.

Founded on a mission ‘to serve is to worship’ I-NK is already delivering world class quality care in areas of Neuro surgery, Neurology, Neuro-ICU, Neuro-psychiatry, Neuro-pathology, Neuro-radiology & Neuro-rehabilitation, near to the door-steps of people of Eastern India, North Eastern India, Nepal, Bhutan & Bangladesh.

Complex surgeries like epilepsy surgery, aneurysm surgery and stroke surgery together with complex spinal and peripheral nerve surgeries are being regularly done here.

For more information, call Rakesh Agrawal +91 98310 35500 Email: Visit: 185/1 AJC Bose Road, Kolkata 700 017 India

Monday, May 3, 2010

Moyamoya Disease...

'EDAMS' (encephaloduroarteriomyosynangiosis) a major surgery has taken place here at Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-NK) on 29th April 2010 (morning) was very successful.

Age of the patient: 4 years

Doctors involved in the surgery:
Drs. - RP Sengupta, Martin Lahecka, Rajib Samanta, Amit Chakraborty, Sucharita Chakraborty and Paivi Tanskanen.

Moyamoya disease (MMD) is a rare disorder of the blood vessels of the brain typically seen in children less than 10 years old. It is characterized by a progressive occlusive disease of the cerebral vasculature with particular involvement of the circle of Willis and the feeding arteries. The name Moyamoya is Japanese for "puff of smoke". This distinctive name describes the angiographic appearance of the abnormal vascular collateral networks that develop adjacent to the stenotic vessels. The changes may affect the major blood vessels of the brain including the anterior, middle, and posterior cerebral arteries.

The symptoms and clinical course vary and depend upon the location and severity of the hemorrhage or stroke. Thus symptoms may be mild or in its worst form, severe neurologic deficits.

The exact etiology of MMD is unknown but several familial cases have been reported. Several other diseases have been associated with the disease.

Aim of this surgery:

To improve blood flow to the brain so that ischemic stroke and hemorrhage will be less likely in the future. Most of these procedures use the blood vessels in the scalp to improve the circulation of the brain. In an encephaloduroarteriosynagniosis (EDAS) or encephaloduroarteriomyosynangiosis (EDAMS) the scalp blood vessel, called the superficial temporal artery (STA), with or without muscle, is isolated and laid onto the surface of the brain. The goal is that over time the brain will recruit new growth of blood vessels in from this large blood vessel, improving the circulation of the brain.

There are several different techniques but some are more effective than the other.

However, we chose the most advanced and the recommended technique which at the moment is considered state-of-the-art in treating children with Moyamoya disease.

After the surgery on 29th April 2010 morning, the patient is recovering very well in the neurological ward at I-NK surrounded by very pleased family members.

Readers, you are kindly requested to circulate this very IMPORTANT NEWS among your network as this 'EDAMS' surgery is probably the first successful, one of its kind surgery that has taken place in Eastern India. Public must be aware of I-NK's achievements / milestones and the kind of advanced surgeries it can perform successfully.

Should you need more information on the above case, please contact me directly on my cell.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Epilepsy - A Common Neurological Disorder in Infancy & Childhood

  • Children with epilepsy needs

- proper specialist’s healthcare

- support for children’s

> growth & neurological development

> intellectual progress

> psycho-social development

Complete Epilepsy Care Package offered in Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata

  • Co-ordinated by Child’s Neurologist

- Detailed Discussion about

> Diagnostic tests & Treatment

> Planning & Implications for future

- High quality MRI scan

- Video Telemetry (24 hrs) in difficult epilepsy

- Support from Therapists

- Guidance from Psychologist

- Discussion about alternative treatments

Seek advice at Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-NK)

Please Contact: Dr. Rajib Samanta, FRCPCh (UK), MRCP, DCH, CCST (UK), Paediatric (Child) Neurologist, Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM), For Appointments Call: + 91 98310 35500 / +91 98 36 16 46 26 / +91 33 2286 7094 / 95 / 96 Email: Visit:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Have You Reviewed Your Hospital Bill?
I've heard about people finding big errors on their medical bills. In fact, I recently learned that at least 8 of 10 hospital bills contain errors. A "small" error might be a few hundred dollars. More likely the errors run in the thousands.
What kinds of errors? A great example of just how outrageous these charges can get to be was demonstrated on Good Morning America. A woman who had surgery for breast cancer was told beforehand that her bill would probably run around $5000. When she received the bill, it totaled $12,700.

Holly Wallack, a medical billing advocate, worked with the patient and the hospital to question charges and review the possible errors. She found problems such as:

· Misplaced decimals -- a charge for $887 that should have been $87.
· Fat finger errors -- the billing clerk repeated a charge for a pain killer 7 times when, in fact, the drug was administered only 4 times
· A charge for a post surgery bra for $192. An identical bra was found on the internet for $19.
· The bill for the "first hour post surgery" was billed -- twice! How do you repeat a "first hour?"

Bottom line - Holly was able to reduce the bill from $12,700 to $5,800. That's almost $7,000.

Those errors do cost US big time, however. The GMA piece first suggested that it would be "free" to have the work done, but that's not true. And the conclusion suggested that it's inexpensive because you don't pay unless they find errors.

That's not exactly true either. It does get expensive.

While some billing advocates do charge by the hour, others charge a commission on total of errors they find, ranging from 15% to 35%. Billing advocates do the work on your behalf and yes, it's very fair that they get paid to do so. Thanks heavens they are around to figure it out!

However -- if you are overbilled by a hospital to the tune of $7,000, then you are, in effect, paying (an average of) $1750 to get a bill fixed that never should have been sent to you to begin with. In this woman's case, she will pay around $7,550 in total, even though her hospital bill, if put together correctly to begin with, would have been only $5,800.

That would be like going to the supermarket, the clerk tells you your bill is $100, you take a look and realize you were over charged by $50, you ask a supermarket advocate to prove that to the supermarket, you pay that advocate $12.50 for her trouble, so in effect, your $50 worth of groceries just cost you $62.50. What's right about that?

The FAIREST way for this to happen would be for the hospital to pay that advocate, not the patient! Why should the patient have to pay extra because the hospital didn't do its job?

Oh! wait! I forgot. This is America. Healthcare is always about money! And never to the benefit of the patient. Once again, we must follow the money.
NOTE:– At I-NK we follow a principle i.e. ‘benefit of the patient first’. Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-NK) an institution founded on the mission of ‘to serve is to worship’, providing the best treatment, yet with transparent cost parameters. An institution where the team would dedicate themselves to care for the patient, helping them along the road to recovery. A comprehensive treatment package provided by an integrated multidisciplinary team skilled in their knowledge of latest technologies. Using innovative surgical and non surgical methods for specialized segments.
For more information, Contact:
Rakesh Agrawal CMO +91 98310 35500
Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata
185/1 AJC Bose Road, Kolkata - 700 017 India
Tel: +91 33 2286 7094 / 95 / 96 +91 98 36 16 46 26

Wednesday, April 7, 2010




Some hard facts;
(1) Psychiatric disorders are treatable
(2) They require early recognition and treatment
(3) Medications has to be taken regularly
(4) Medications seldom produce dependence and most of them are quite safe
(5) Electro-Consulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe mode of treatment for difficult to treat Psychiatric disorders contrary to the popular belief
(6) Family support and regular visit to doctor is utmost importance
(7) Do not have any stigma in mind, these disorders are like any other medical conditions

Seek advice at Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-NK).
Please Contact:
Dr. Kaustav Chakraborty, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist (Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
Dr. Nilotpal Das, COnsultant, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist (Mon & Fri 11:00 to 1:00 PM)
For Appointments Call: +91 33 2286 7094 / 95 / 96 Helpline: +91 98 36 16 46 26