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The Transplantation Journal, that started tweeting from 2015 to “improve&nbsp;engagement with readership and connect with the authors”, showed that the papers that were tweeted&nbsp;were three times more likely to be downloaded than the non-tweeted ones (p&lt;0.001).<br>Some of the journals started new initiatives to improve their interactions with readers in social media&nbsp;like podcasts, video abstracts and reviews, and Visual Abstracts (VA). VA is a form of graphical abstract&nbsp;used by medical journals. VA was introduced in Annals of Surgery in July 2016.4 Other forms of&nbsp;graphical abstracts in the field of chemistry had appeared as early as 1976. VA is a visual summary of&nbsp;a research manuscript. It consists of a single-page poster that is simple, eye-catching and summarizes&nbsp;the background, methodology, results, and conclusion of the study. These are published or tweeted for&nbsp;improved dissemination of the paper, for deeper engagement of scientists, and to influence busy readers.</p> Nabin Bahadur Basnet ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26942 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Outcome of Post Esophageal Variceal Band Ligation with Sucralfate and Proton Pump Inhibitor vs. Proton Pump Inhibitor Alone in Cirrhotic Patients https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/24930 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Endoscopic band ligation is the mainstay of treatment in bleeding varices in cirrhosis.&nbsp; Subsequent bleeding from the band ulcers is a possible complication. Proton pump inhibitors and&nbsp;Sucralfate are commonly used post band ligation and often in combination. The aim of the study&nbsp;was to identify the advantage of combining Sucralfate to proton pump inhibitor in reducing the&nbsp;number and size of band ulcers.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> This was an open-label comparative study conducted in a tertiary level&nbsp;hospital of Nepal. Patients with cirrhosis after band ligation were included. Eligible patients were&nbsp;randomized into a proton pump inhibitor alone (Group A) or proton pump inhibitor and sucralfate&nbsp;group (Group B) and they underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy after two weeks. Baseline&nbsp;parameters, number and mean size of band ulcers were compared.<br><strong>Results:</strong> A total of 58 patients, 29 in each group, were evaluated. The baseline characteristics were&nbsp;comparable. EBL was done for bleeding varices in 51.7% and as primary prophylaxis in the rest&nbsp;of them. All the patients had band ulcers after two weeks. The mean size of the largest ulcer was&nbsp;1.62±0.72 and 1.10±0.60 (p=0.78) respectively in groups A and B. Low albumin was significantly&nbsp;associated with OR of 8.7 (95% CI:1.68-44.99) for the formation of multiple (more than two)&nbsp;ulcers (p=0.01).<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> The ulcer formation was universal after band application. The addition of sucralfate&nbsp;did not offer more benefits in terms of the number and mean size of the ulcer. Low albumin was the&nbsp;independent predictor for multiple ulcer formation.</p> Binod Karki, Ramila Shrestha, Bidhan Nidhi Paudel, Sudhamshu KC, Dibas Khadka, Suresh Thapa, Bibek Kumar Purbey, Sanjit Karki, Pukar Thapa, Amrendra Mandal ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/24930 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Use of Low Dose Pregabalin for Attenuation of Hemodynamic Response to Laryngoscopy and Intubation in Treated Hypertensive Patients https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25715 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation are two powerful noxious stimuli that can be&nbsp;potentially deleterious especially in hypertensive patients. This study evaluated the efficacy of low&nbsp;dose oral pregabalin used as a premedication for attenuation of this marked sympathetic response&nbsp;of airway instrumentation.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> This was a double-blind randomised study done at a tertiary level referral&nbsp;hospital. The trial was registered as UMIN-000037103 (https://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr/). Patients&nbsp;were randomly assigned into two groups. Placebo arm received multivitamin capsule and treatment&nbsp;arm received Cap. Pregabalin (75 mg), 60 minutes before the induction of general anesthesia.&nbsp;The level of preoperative sedation was assessed with the Ramsay Sedation Scale. Heart rate,&nbsp;systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure were monitored and recorded before and during&nbsp;induction, during laryngoscopy and 1, 3 and 5 minutes of intubation.<br><strong>Results:</strong> A total of 50 patients, 25 in each arm were enrolled. The baseline characteristics were&nbsp;comparable. SBP was significantly lower in the Pregabalin group than in Placebo at all the periods&nbsp;of recording, however, DBP and MAP decreased significantly during, after 1 and 3 minutes of&nbsp;laryngoscopy (p=0.001). Sedation was significantly better in the Pregabalin group with 86% in RSS&nbsp;3 compared to 80% of a placebo arm in RSS2 (P &lt;0.001).<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Premedication with a single oral dose of Pregabalin (75 mg) is effective for sedation&nbsp;and attenuation of hemodynamic response to direct laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation in&nbsp;controlled hypertensive patients without any side effects.</p> Puja Thapa, Sunita Panta, Mallika Rayamajhi, Santosh Khadka, Bishwo Ram Amatya, Ashish Shah, Thanesore Rizal, Bhuwan Raj Kunwar ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25715 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Outcomes of Retrograde Intra-Renal Surgery https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26478 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Miniaturization of endoscopic instruments has gained wide popularity in the&nbsp;treatment of renal calculi. Retrograde intra-renal surgery and holmium laser in combination has&nbsp;already proven its superiority when compared to other modalities in the treatment of renal calculi.&nbsp;This study was conducted to assess the outcome of retrograde intra-renal surgery in renal stone&nbsp;disease.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> This retrospective study analyzed the outcome of retrograde intra-renal&nbsp;surgery in renal stone less than 2 cm size in the adults above 18 years of age from September 2018&nbsp;to August 2019 at Patan Hospital, Nepal. The outcome was assessed descriptively on postoperative&nbsp;pain and fever, stone localization, stone size, stone clearance, urosepsis, operative time, hospital&nbsp;stay, mortality, need of the second procedure.<br><strong>Results:</strong> A total of 62 patients underwent retrograde intrarenal surgery, out of which 48 cases&nbsp;were included. The mean age of the study population was 32.4± 14 years (19-68 years). Similarly,&nbsp;the mean operative time was 68± 12 (48-124 minutes) and mean hospital-stay was 3.2± 1.1 days.&nbsp;Postoperative pain and fever were observed in 14 (29.16%) &amp; 4(8.33%) patients respectively.&nbsp;Hematuria occurred in 6(12.50%) and urosepsis in 2(4.16%) of the patients. Complete stone&nbsp;clearance was achieved in 34(70.83%) and residual stones were present in 8(16.66%) and clinically&nbsp;insignificant radiological fragments were present in 6(12.50%) patients.<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Retrograde intrarenal surgery is a technically safe and effective procedure for the&nbsp;treatment of renal calculi, with minimal post-surgical morbidity.</p> Samir Shrestha, Pukar Maskey ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26478 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 A Comparative Study of RIPASA Score and Modified Alvarado Score in Acute Appendicitis in Nepalese Population https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25369 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Although acute appendicitis is a common surgical condition, its diagnosis can be&nbsp;elusive at times with misdiagnosis leading to serious complications. Various scoring systems have&nbsp;been developed to overcome this dilemma and the reported accuracies of these scores vary greatly.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> A retrospective review of charts was carried out to identify all patients&nbsp;admitted to KIST medical college teaching hospital from May 2015 to April 2016 with the diagnosis&nbsp;of acute appendicitis. A total of 120 cases that underwent surgery for suspected acute appendicitis&nbsp;were included. Modified Alvarado score and RIPASA scores were computed for each patient and&nbsp;the suggested cutoff values were used to find out the accuracy of these scores. Histopathological&nbsp;confirmation/report was considered as the standard for comparison.<br><strong>Results:</strong> A negative appendectomy rate of 11.67 % was observed (9.64 % for males and 16.22 %&nbsp;for females). Complicated appendicitis was found in 27.36% of patients. Modified Alvarado score&nbsp;had a sensitivity of 61.32 % and specificity of 71.43 % at a cut of value of 7. At cut off of &gt; 7.5 for&nbsp;acute appendicitis, RIPASA score had a sensitivity of 97.17% and specificity of 57.14%. The accuracy of Modified Alvarado score was 62.5% while it was 92.5% for RIPASA score.<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> RIPASA score demonstrated higher sensitivity and accuracy but lower specificity&nbsp;compared to the modified Alvarado score in our study group. More studies with larger sample size&nbsp;need to be carried out for further validation of this new score.</p> Niroj Banepali, Kamal Koirala, Rupesh Mukhiya, Rakesh Roshan Sthapit ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25369 Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Diffuse Alveolar Haemorrhage: A Single Centre Experience https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25828 <p class="Normal1" style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%;"><strong>Introduction:</strong> Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage results from an accumulation of red blood cells&nbsp;into the alveolar space. Symptoms of alveolar hemorrhage are dyspnea, hemoptysis, anemia,&nbsp;diffuse pulmonary infiltrates and hypoxemic respiratory failure. Diagnosis is established by&nbsp;bronchoalveolar lavage and treatment includes a combination of high dose systemic corticosteroids,&nbsp;immunosuppressant and plasma exchange. The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical radiological&nbsp;profile and laboratory findings and utility of bronchoalveolar lavage in the diagnosis&nbsp;of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> In a retrospective review between February 2017 and December 2017,&nbsp;medical records of patients with a diagnosis of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage presenting at the&nbsp;National Academy of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal, were analyzed. Clinical, radiology and&nbsp;laboratory results along with bronchoalveolar lavage results were extracted. Treatment received&nbsp;and clinical responses were evaluated.<br><strong>Results:</strong> A total of five patients were diagnosed to have diffuse alveolar hemorrhage based on&nbsp;bronchoalveolar lavage analysis. Three had hemorrhage secondary to Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic&nbsp;Antibody associated vasculitis, one had Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and the other Idiopathic&nbsp;Pulmonary Hemosiderosis. Renal involvement was present in three patients. All patients received systemic corticosteroids, three received Cyclophosphamide and one Rituximab for remission&nbsp;induction. Plasma exchange was done in two patients with severe hypoxemia. Of the five patients,&nbsp;four improved whereas one died.<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage presents with non-specific symptoms. Bronchoalveolar lavage is extremely&nbsp;useful to establish the diagnosis and exclude infections. Early initiation of immunosuppressant&nbsp;prevents respiratory failure and death.</p> Ashesh Dhungana, Prajowl Shrestha ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25828 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Primary Salivary Gland Tumors- A two years study at Nobel Medical College https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25277 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Salivary gland tumors are a heterogeneous group of neoplasms that are relatively&nbsp;rare but represent a wide variety of both benign and malignant histopathologic subtypes. The aim&nbsp;of this study was to find out the histopathological distribution of primary salivary gland tumors and&nbsp;correlate fine needle aspiration cytology reports with histological findings.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> A total of 83 patients attending the otorhinolaryngology department with&nbsp;salivary gland tumors were enrolled in our study. The histopathological findings were reported and&nbsp;correlated with cytological findings.<br><strong>Results:</strong> The mean age of the patient with salivary tumors was 43.11 ± 13.02 years. Out of 83&nbsp;cases, 3 (3.6%) patients were diagnosed as inflammatory lesions, 64 (77.1%) patients had benign&nbsp;salivary gland tumors and 16 (19.3%) of patients had malignant salivary glands tumors in&nbsp;histopathology. The sensitivity and specificity of FNAC in this series for detecting salivary gland&nbsp;malignancy were 68.8% and 98.5% respectively with an overall diagnostic accuracy of 92.8%. The&nbsp;most common salivary gland tumor was found to be pleomorphic adenoma (56.6%) and the most&nbsp;common malignant salivary gland tumor was found to be mucoepidermoid carcinoma (19.3%). The&nbsp;comparison of the incidence of salivary gland tumors in various age groups showed a statistically<br>significant difference (p=0.009).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Benign salivary tumors are more common than malignant tumors with the most&nbsp;common occurrence in parotid glands. Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common benign tumor&nbsp;whereas; mucoepidermoid carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor in patients visiting&nbsp;Nobel medical college.</p> Niraj Nepal, Prabesh Kumar Choudhary, Manish Kumar Das, Meenakshi Basnet, Sagar Paudel ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25277 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Comparison of Use of Misoprostol versus Manual Vacuum Aspiration in the Treatment of Incomplete Abortion https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25855 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Early pregnancy failure is a major health problem throughout the world. Expulsion&nbsp;of some but not all products of conception before 20 weeks of pregnancy abortion is incomplete&nbsp;abortion. This study was to find about the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of misoprostol in&nbsp;comparison to manual vacuum aspiration for the treatment of incomplete abortion so the safe and&nbsp;convenient method can be used in diverse settings in different parts of our country.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> A prospective comparative interventional study carried out between&nbsp;October 2011 to March 2012 AD (Kartik 2068 to Chaitra 2068 BS) in Paropakar Maternity and&nbsp;Women’s Hospital, Thapathali. All eligible women with a diagnosis of incomplete abortion of &lt; 13&nbsp;weeks of gestation either from LMP or Ultrasound were divided into two groups. Group 1 includes&nbsp;all odd numbers of cases under study group to whom 600 mcg Misoprostol was given orally. Group&nbsp;2 includes all even the number of cases under study group to whom manual vacuum aspiration was&nbsp;done.<br><strong>Results:</strong> Out of 60 women enrolled in the study, 30 were enrolled in Group 1(Misoprostol P.O.)&nbsp;and 30 in Group 2 (manual vacuum aspiration). The study showed no significant difference in the&nbsp;efficacy of the Misoprostol as compared to manual vacuum aspiration (93.33% vs. 100%).<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> The efficacy of oral Misoprostol is as effective as manual vacuum aspiration in the&nbsp;treatment of first trimester incomplete abortion with comparable success rate.</p> Bishal Khaniya, Rashmi Yadav ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25855 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Overlap of Sleep Disorders and Chronic Respiratory Diseases: An Emerging Health Dilemma https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26007 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> The burden of Overlap Syndrome (coexistence of sleep-related breathing disorders in&nbsp;patients with respiratory diseases) is high in developing countries, and such a phenomenon implies&nbsp;higher morbidity. The study was conducted to measure the prevalence of sleep-related breathing&nbsp;disorders in patients with Respiratory Symptom Complex and to identify factors associated with the&nbsp;severity of sleep-related breathing disorders.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> A hospital-based cross-sectional study of 50 patients with respiratory&nbsp;symptom complex was conducted at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. Structured proforma&nbsp;and Polysomnography were used for analysis.<br><strong>Results:</strong> There were 24 patients (48%) with COPD, 18 (36%) with Bronchial Asthma. 6 patients&nbsp;(12%) with Bronchiectasis and 2 patients with Interstitial Lung Disease. 60% (n=30) patients had&nbsp;sleep-related breathing disorder or Overlap syndrome, 14 patients (46.67%) had mild sleep-related&nbsp;breathing disorder while 16 (53.33%) patients had moderate to severe type. 62.5% COPD patients,&nbsp;55.55% Bronchial Asthma patients, 50% of patients with Interstitial Lung Disease and 50% Post-TB Bronchiectasis patients had a sleep-related breathing disorder. There was a significant positive&nbsp;correlation between the presence of sleep-related breathing disorder in patients with respiratory&nbsp;symptom complex and high neck circumference (0.499, p-value &lt;0.001), waist circumference (0.293,&nbsp;p-value = 0.039) and hip circumference (0.371, p-value = 0.008).<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Overlap Disorders comprising sleep disorders in patients with chronic respiratory&nbsp;diseases are high in developing countries. Routine sleep history and polysomnography in all&nbsp;patients with Respiratory Symptom Complex can detect sleep-related breathing disorders.</p> Puru Koirala, Narendra Bhatta, Ram Hari Ghimire, Deebya Raj Mishra, Bidesh Bista, Bhupendra Shah ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26007 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Epidemiological Profile and Determinants of Tuberculosis in Urban Nepalese Population https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25946 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Tuberculosis has evolved through ages to remain a major cause of morbidity and&nbsp;mortality worldwide. Despite having a very successful Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course&nbsp;program, tuberculosis is still one of the most widespread infections in Nepal. This study was done&nbsp;to observe the epidemiological profile of tuberculosis patients in an urban Nepalese population.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> 585 newly diagnosed cases of pulmonary and extrapulmonary&nbsp;tuberculosis in two tertiary level hospitals in the country were enrolled in the study during a period&nbsp;of 18months. A standard questionnaire was formatted and the required information was acquired&nbsp;with the help of interview and investigation reports.<br><strong>Results:</strong> The mean age of presentation was 35.76 with a male to female ratio of 1.48:1.57% of the cases had less than primary education with 26 % being illiterates. The most commonly&nbsp;involved occupational group was farmers (22%) followed by students (20%) and laborers (14%).&nbsp;22% of cases had a history of contact with tuberculosis in the family. 41 % were smokers and 18&nbsp;% abused alcohol. Pulmonary tuberculosis comprised 68% of the total cases. The most common&nbsp;extrapulmonary presentation was lymph node TB (28%) followed by pleural effusion (21.5%) and&nbsp;tubercular meningitis (16%).<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Young people with lower literacy levels and with a family history of tuberculosis are&nbsp;at increased risk of acquiring tuberculosis and&nbsp;community approaches for tuberculosis control should target this group to reduce the burden of the disease</p> Subash Bhatta, Nayana Pant ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25946 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Sonographic Assessment of Renal Length of Adults in Lagos, Nigeria https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25982 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Ultrasound is an important imaging modality used in the prognosis and diagnosis of renal conditions and diseases and also in the evaluation of kidney donors. This study aimed at&nbsp;providing a reference for the normal metric variables of the kidney such kidney lengths of healthy&nbsp;Nigerian adults in Lagos State and to compare with previously obtained results.<br><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> This study was conducted in the radiology department of Ikorodu&nbsp;Hospital. This study adopted a descriptive cross-sectional&nbsp;study design with a cluster sampling approach which consisted of 150 adults (with 300 kidneys)&nbsp;participants ages 18-87 years. Real-time gray-scale ultrasonic scanning using Prosound 3500 Aloka&nbsp;device and a 3.5–5 MHz curvilinear explorer was employed for the abdominal imaging. The data&nbsp;acquired were compiled and explored via the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)&nbsp;version 20. The student’s t-test was utilized in probing for statistical significance between age as&nbsp;well as gender in relation to renal length. P-value &lt; 0.05 was adjudged to be significant.<br><strong>Results:</strong> The kidney length was of a greater distance in males, and the length of the left kidney was&nbsp;more extensive than that of the right kidney in both sexes. Average kidney length was greater on&nbsp;the left when compared to the right among the various age groups. No significant association was&nbsp;noted between kidney length and age as well as gender.<br><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Normal values for kidney length and diversifications in the kidney length of healthy&nbsp;adults in Nigeria have been established.</p> Ese Anibor ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25982 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Gingival Overgrowth as a complication of kidney transplantation – Nepali perspective https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26463 <p>Gingival Overgrowth is a known and common complication with multifactorial etiology seen in kidney transplant recipients. Gingival Overgrowth is induced in kidney transplant recipients by Cyclosporin A and Calcium Channel Blockers that are frequently prescribed to them as immunosuppressive and antihypertensive, respectively. There have been 1477 kidney transplantations in Nepal since&nbsp;the first kidney transplantation in 2008, but cases of gingival Overgrowth have not been reported in&nbsp;any publications. The aim of this review is to discuss the different aspects of gingival Overgrowth&nbsp;and its relevance to kidney transplant recipients of Nepal. This review will emphasize the need to&nbsp;examine the oral cavity of kidney transplant recipients. Genetic predisposition, oral health, and&nbsp;offending drugs are involved in the pathogenesis of gingival Overgrowth. This review discusses&nbsp;the pathogenesis, clinical features, and management aspects of gingival Overgrowth in kidney&nbsp;transplantation recipients. The reason for gingival Overgrowth not being reported in Nepal could&nbsp;be due to various reasons like favorable genes, good oral hygiene, or avoidance of drugs that&nbsp;cause gingival Overgrowth in kidney transplantation recipients. This could also be due to gingival&nbsp;Overgrowth being ignored by the patients and the treating doctors. These aspects are reviewed with&nbsp;reference to previous publications.</p> Swosti Thapa, Robin Bahadur Basnet, Bikal Shrestha, Amresh Thakur, Neesha Shrestha, Anup Lal Shrestha, Nabin Bahadur Basnet ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26463 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Elevated Total Testosterone Level in an Adult with Erectile Dysfunction https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25987 <p>Erectile dysfunction affects a growing number of men with a significant impact on social function.&nbsp;The cause may be medical and psychological both. Of many risk factors for erectile dysfunction, hyperthyroidism can lead to increased total testosterone by an increase in sex hormone-binding&nbsp;globulin secreted from the liver. Here, we present a case of an adult male with a high total&nbsp;testosterone level who complained of erectile dysfunction. On a complete review of medical&nbsp;history and additional laboratory tests, the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism leading to increased total&nbsp;testosterone was made. The complete review of the patient’s history before hormonal analysis helps&nbsp;to troubleshoot the mismatch between clinical symptoms and laboratory results.</p> Vivek Pant, Devish Pyakurel, Keyoor Gautam, Santosh Pradhan, Abha Shrestha ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/25987 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Sjögren–Larsson Syndrome: A Case Report of a Rare Neuro-cutaneous Disorder https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26866 <p>Sjögren–Larsson syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive neuro-cutaneous disease. The dominant&nbsp;features are congenital ichthyotic hyperkeratosis, spastic diplegia and mild to moderate&nbsp;mental retardation. The cause of this syndrome is the deficiency of microsomal fatty aldehyde&nbsp;dehydrogenase. The deficiency of this enzyme results in the accumulation of fatty aldehydes and&nbsp;fatty alcohols in various tissues including skin. Here, we report a case presented with ichthyosis,&nbsp;bilateral lower limb spasticity, and mental retardation, diagnosed as Sjögren–Larsson syndrome.</p> Manish Pradhan, Arun Giri, Dipa Rai, Rajeev Yadav ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26866 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 An Unusual Case of Wart-like Presentation of Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26965 <p>The ocular surface squamous neoplasia refers to the entire spectrum ranging from mild to severe&nbsp;dysplasia to carcinoma in situ and invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Ocular surface squamous&nbsp;neoplasia may present clinically in various ways: gelatinous, velvety or papilliform or leukoplakic.&nbsp;This case report describes a 50-year-old male who presented with a filiform wart-like appearance&nbsp;of conjunctival mass unlike described earlier. Excisional biopsy was done and histopathology&nbsp;revealed intraepithelial neoplasia with high-grade dysplasia.</p> Nirsara Shrestha, Sangeeta Shrestha, Arjun Shrestha ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/nmj/article/view/26965 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000