Kashmir is in middle of an epidemic of metabolic syndrome: Dr Khuroo

Medanta, DDCS organize liver transplantation awareness program


Srinagar, Apr 8: An awareness programme on liver transplantation, was jointly organized by Dr Khuroo’s Digestive Diseases Centre Srinagar and Medanta – The Medicity Gurgaon at SKICC here last evening.
 The purpose of the programme, according to its organizers, was to focus on awareness in the Valley about liver transplant.
 Renowned gastroenterologist, Prof Muhammad Sultan Khuroo, in his welcome address focused on the global impact of liver disease and the challenges of tackling liver diseases in India in general and in Jammu and Kashmir in particular. 
 He said liver disease is now established as the 5th most common cause of death after heart disease, stroke, chest infections and cancer.  He referred to a recent study from UK, which showed that mortality rates in Scotland for subjects with cirrhosis have more than doubled for men, and increased by almost half for women. “The liver disease globally is passing through both-despair and hope; an excellent opportunity for many of us to exploit for the better,” he said.
 Dr Khuroo stressed that people in the J&K need to follow various safe practices to limit spread of HBV & HCV which is now resulting in millions of deaths worldwide.  “It is a matter of concern that bad blood continues to be supplied in our hospitals which causes deadly blood borne infections,” he said.
 He said hepatitis E is has entered into food borne chain and is spreading by consuming raw or undercooked pig livers available in super-markets in various countries including India.    “Because of the impact of this infection it is imperative that measures be taken to control this python. Clean drinking water and safe sewage disposal are the cornerstones of control,” he said. 
 He said non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has taken us by storm. “Kashmir is in the middle of an epidemic of metabolic syndrome and NAFLD,” he said and added that the focus has to be on changing sedentary life style and food habits.  In this despair and hope for challenges posed by liver disease, he stressed the role of liver transplantation, which is the only hope for millions of patients with end stage liver disease, liver cancer and acute liver failure.
 Dr Khuroo, heads the Digestive Diseases Center Srinagar and was earlier Director SKIMS Srinagar; Chairman Gastroenterology SKIMS; & Head Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at King Faisal Specialist Hospital Riyadh.
 Speaking at the programme, Dr Sanjiv Saigal, Director Transplant Hepatology at Medanta-the Medicity gave a detailed account of the indications and scope of liver transplantation. He referred to the clinical, laboratory, imaging and scoring system, which are being followed at the Medanta to list patients for liver transplant.
 Dr Sanjay Goja, Liver transplant and Hepatobiliary surgeon, spoke on how to select and evaluate the potential donor for offering a part of his/her liver to his kith and kin for survival. He detailed out the possible risks to the donor and detailed psychological, physical, biochemical, imaging and other tools employed to select the correct donor.
 Dr Naira Khuroo, consultant radiologist at Dr Khuroo’s Medical Clinic spoke on the possible catastrophes that may be encountered during liver transplant. She referred to her experience with liver transplant programme at King Faisal Specialist Hospital Riyadh.   Of the catastrophes, which may be uncommonly encountered, include unfortunate death of the donor, primary non-function of the liver graft, loss of graft due vascular thrombosis to the graft. She went on to give her experience with biliary complications, which may happen in the grafted organ, their clinical presentation, and imaging methods employed to assess these. She stressed the multi-disciplinary team approach namely endoscopist for endotherapy, radiologist for interventional procedures and hepatobiliary & transplant surgeon for biliary surgical procedure and re-transplant.
 Dr A S Soin (Padma Shri) Chairman Institute of Liver transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Medanta-the Medicity gave a scintillating lecture on his remarkable experience with Live Donor Liver Transplant in India. He defined the challenges of this innovative surgical procedure and defined his road ahead to face these challenges.
 The program concluded with a panel discussion on how liver transplantation can be offered to the next patient in India in general and in J&K in particular. 
 A large number of senior faculty members, civil society activists, practicing physicians and surgeons and post-doctoral medicos from various medical institutions of the State attended the programme.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 8 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 8 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 9 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST

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