Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS)

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List of Papers (Total 217)

Stroke rehabilitation in pakistan: what we know and what we need to do?

Stroke is one of the leading causes of adult neurological disability all around the globe. There have been some remarkable improvements in the acute management of stroke. These include the use of thrombolysis, development of radiological investigations including computerized tomographic scan and magnetic resonance imaging and establishment of acute stroke units. There have been...

Cost-effective practice of neurology: an idea whose time has come

Pakistanis spent $ 7.2 billion on healthcare in 2013 (3.1% of our Gross Domestic Product), representing a per capita expenditure of $ 39.4. The government contribution to this was no more than 31.4% ($ 12.4 per capita). The public allocations to health thus represent a paltry 4.7% of total government expenditure and are just shy of 1% of our GDP.

Stroke in women: burden, challenges and future for pakistan

The burden of stroke is increasing around the world in both men and women. South Asia is home to 20% of the world’s population but harbors almost 80% of world strokes. Previously sex specific data on stroke incidence, prevalence, severity and mortality was not available. Now over recent years this aspect has received attention. A systematic review in 2009 concluded that although...

understanding and managing complications in neurosurgery

It is a well-known surgical maxim that only two types of surgeons do not have surgical complications; those who do not operate, and those who lie. Surgical complications in other words, are unwanted but undeniable part of surgery. There is not one operation with a 0% complication rate and therefore statistically, if a surgeon does not have complications, he probably has not...

Endovascular treatment of spontaneous indirect high flow carotid cavernous fistula with a covered stent.

The treatment of symptomatic carotid-cavernous fistulas [CCF] has been historically treated in the developed world through the endovascular route. We report our first case of using a covered stent in a patient with spontaneous CCF. Method: Single patient with spontaneous indirect high flow CCF treated with a covered stent. We present retrospective analysis of technical success...

A clinical approach to disorders of speech

Disorders of speech and communication, including Aphasia (mainly post stroke) are a major community health burden in terms of DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Years). Unfortunately they are relatively neglected with huge treatment gap. Traditionally aphasia related lesion sites have been grouped with reference to Rolandic & Sylvian fissures. However the theoretical models of...

Frequency of peripheral neuropathy in newly diagnosed patients of diabetes mellitus iion clinical and electrophysiological basis

To determine the frequency of peripheral neuropathy in newly diagnosed patients of Diabetes Mellitus type II on clinical and electrophysiological basis. Methods: This is Hospital based descriptive cross sectional study conducted at department of Neurology Civil Hospital Karachi/ Dow University of Health Sciences from 20th December 2011 to 20th June 2012. Data was collected from...

Gender based differences in diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is one of the common complications of diabetes mellitus. Aim: To find out gender based differences in frequency of DM, age at diagnosis of DM and subsequent onset of DPN, duration of DM and DPN and electrophysiological patterns. Methodology: On the basis of non-probability purposive sampling, a cross sectional study was conducted at Neurology...

Diagnostic issues and clinical spectrum of childhood degenerative brain diseases

To find out the spectrum of clinical presentation and typesof neurodegenerative disorders of childhoodin tertiary care child neurology centre of Pakistan. To find out the role of brain imaging in the diagnosis of degenerative brain disorders in children. Methods: It will bea retrospective, descriptive study conducted at department of paediatric neurology,The Children’s Hospital...

Effectiveness of stretching of the flexor retinaculum with ultrasonic therapy in the management of carpal tunnel syndrome

Aims & Objective: The objective of study was to compare the effectiveness of manual stretching of the flexor retinaculum with or without ultrasonic therapy. Methods: The study was started by selecting the 50 patients from the out patients department of Al-nafees Hospital AlipurFarash and National institute of Rehabilitation Medicine Islamabad with history of carpal tunnel...

Psychiatric disorders in neurology

Psychiatric disorders (PDs) are very frequent in neurological illnesses. Depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment are frequently seen in many neurological disorders such as stroke, Parkinson disease (PD), epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition, hallucinations, delusions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, Impulse control disorders (ICDs), somatization...

Management of multiple, late onset complications in a 33-year-old female, with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt and crohn's disease

Numerous complications can occur after the placement of a venticuloperitoneal shunt. The late onset of an autoimmune disease such as Crohn's disease can be the disruptive factor for a previously well functioning shunt. A 33-year-old female with a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt since the age of 7, as well as Crohn's disease since the age of 25, presented in the ER with dysuria, long...

Knowledge, attitude and perceptions about tetanus and rabies among family physicians; results of a survey at a teaching hospital in karachi, pakistan

To assess the knowledge, attitude and perception among family physicians about tetanus and rabies. Setting: This study was conducted at the International Family Physicians Conference held at the Aga Khan University. Method: It was a cross sectional study of convenient sampling. The participants were asked to fill a pre-tested questionnaire comprising of 26 questions. Both open...

Prevalence of anxiety and depression among medical students of shifa college of medicine

To yield information regarding the prevalence of anxiety and depression among medical students in Islamabad and to emphasize on the need of psychological and mental well being of medical students.Methods: This is a cross-sectional study done at Shifa College of Medicine. A questionnaire was administered to 361 students who were present at the time of distribution and were...