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Telementoring in endocrine surgery: preliminary Indian experience

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Source : Telemedicine Journal & e-Health, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2 Madison Avenue Larchmont, NY 10538 USA, Volume 12, Number 1, p.73–77 (2006)

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Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : General Surgery, Emergency Medicine

Verified : Yes

Year : 2006

Abstract : Telemedicine is starting to play an important role in the health field in India. In this case report we describe the successful use of telementoring to remove a parathyroid tumor in a patient with residual hyperparathyroidism after two previous unseccessful attempts in tumor excision. A 21-yr-old patient crippled with advanced hyperparathyroidism was taken up for third-time exploration at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi, with guidance from the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow, using telemedicine technology. These two centers are located 2,500 km apart, and telementoring from the more experienced endocrine surgeons at SGPGIMS resulted in successful tumor localization and removal. For this session both the institutions were provided with a dedicated 512 Kbps very small aperture terminal (VSAT) link and two-way video-audio connectivity. Even though two previous explorations were unsuccessful, with the help of telemedicine technology the same surgeon was successful in locating and removing the tumor. The video and audio quality was of good enough quality for the expert at SGPGIMS to guide the team at AIMS satisfactorily. The patient benefited since he did not have to travel to a far-off specialized center for surgery. This case report testifies to the usefulness of telemedicine in the field of surgery, especially in developing countries, which have few medical experts in certain specialized areas.

Cite this Research Publication : P. V. Pradeep, Mishra, S. K., Vaidyanathan, S., C Nair, G., Ramalingam, K., and Basnet, R., “Telementoring in endocrine surgery: preliminary Indian experience”, Telemedicine Journal & e-Health, vol. 12, pp. 73–77, 2006.

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