ISSN : 0975-9492


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Title : Cystic fibrosis, are we missing in India?
Authors : Pramila Menon
Keywords : -
Issue Date : September 2012
Abstract :
Introduction: This study was undertaken to evaluate and improve the availability and accessibility of CF services in Maharashtra, Pune,India.
Material and methods: Tool used was a questionnaire (Annexure I ) which was prevalidated by the departmental faculty with 15 items which included experience regarding CF patients in relation to knowledge about diagnosis and prognosis of CF patients, availability about diagnostic and management services of CF was administered to the pediatricians who participated in the training workshop at Pune Regional centre, Aundh, Pune, Maharashtra, India. ( n = 40).
Results: 92.5% agreed that Cystic fibrosis (CF), is now a pan ethnic disease. 100% accepted that the factors that are associated with decreased survival in CF patients from developing countries are early age of onset of symptoms, severe malnutrition at the time of diagnosis and frequent episodes of pneumonia. Severe malnutrition, not responding to nutritional therapy , neonatal meconium ileus and recurrent pneumonia , 87.5% 100% and 85% suspect cystic fibrosis respectively. 90% do not have facilities for diagnosis of cystic fibrosis like sweat chloride test and 87.5% felt absence of facilities makes the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis difficult. 90% agreed that the education of pediatricians about the disease, can improve the quality of life and survival in CF. Conclusion: Inadequacy of diagnostic services for CF may be reason for missing CF cases in India and we need to sensitize the health professionals for CF diagnosis and develop better diagnostic and patient support services for CF.
Page(s) : 477-481
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 3, No.9