Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin (Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull)

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The BMRC bulletin is published thrice a year. The authors are assisted in publishing their research work in this journal. It also consists of scientific articles based on research projects conducted with financial assistance given by the council.

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    ABSTRACT: Gamma interferon (IFN-γ) plays an important role in the immune response to live measles virus vaccination. To study the immune response to measles vaccination, IFN-γ level was estimated in 30 children. Of these, 24 children vaccinated with a single dose of measles vaccine at nine months of age and 06 children vaccinated with a second dose during the Measles Catch-up Immunization campaign. Measles vaccine strain was cultured in Vero cell line and the Tissue Culture Infective Dose (TCID)50 was used as standard live virus. Peripheral blood Mononuclear cells (PBMCs) was separated by Ficoll- Hypaque density gradient centrifugation and stimulated with measles virus antigens and mitogens (lectin), cultured in CO2 and IFN-γ level was measured from culture supernatant by ELISA. On stimulation with measles antigen and lectin respectively, IFN-γ level was highest (105 pg/ml and 226.54 pg/ml) in the 109-120 months age group while it was lowest (12.97±8.16 pg/ml and 13.16±8.0 pg/ml) in the 61-72 months age group. No significant difference was observed in IFN-γ level after stimulation with either measles antigen or lectin among well-nourished (p<0.8) and mal-nourished (p<0.7) children suggesting that nutritional status did not have any effect on IFN-γ level. However, IFN-γ level was higher in children who received two dose of measles vaccine than those who received a single dose (p<0.001).Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull 2014; 40 (3): 118-121
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 10/2015; 40(3):118-121. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v40i3.25234
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    ABSTRACT: Angiotensin (Ang II) II is known to promote oxidative stress in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Inhibition of renin angiotensin system (RAS) or blockade of Ang II receptors may therefore be effective in reducing oxidative stress during AMI. The study evaluates and compares the protective effect of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and AT1 receptor blocker in adrenaline induced oxidative stress in rats. Rats were treated with two successive injections of adrenaline subcutaneously at a dose of 2 mg/kg administered 24 hours apart. In other two groups of rats enalapril (30 mg/kg) or valsartan (30 mg/kg) were given orally once daily through intragastric tube for 2 weeks and then two injections of adrenaline were administered 24 hours apart. Serum Aspertate Transaminase (AST), plasma Malonde Aldehyde (MDA), erythrocyte GSH and serum vitamin E levels were measured 24 hours after the 2nd injection of adrenaline in all the groups. Administration of adrenaline caused significant increase (p < 0.001) in serum AST and plasma MDA levels and decrease (p < 0.001) in erythrocyte GSH and serum vitamin E levels. Pre-treatment of enalapril or valsartan for 14 days reduced (p < 0.001) serum AST and plasma MDA levels and increased the concentration of erythrocyte GSH in enalapril pre-treated group (p < 0.01) and in valsartan pre-treated group (p < 0.05). Pre-treatment of enalapril or valsartan also increased (p < 0.01) serum vitamin E levels in adrenaline treated rats. However, no significant difference was noted between the effect of enalapril and valsartan on serum AST, plasma MDA, erythrocyte GSH and serum vitamin E levels. It may be concluded that both enalapril and valsartan offered cardioprotection in adrenaline induced oxidative stress, but the protection afforded by valsartan was not superior to enalapril.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 04/2014; 40(1):25-30. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v40i1.20333
  • Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 04/2014; 40(1):44-6.
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    ABSTRACT: The objectives of the study were to demonstrate hearing status in newborns at first screening by Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions and to find out the relationship between abnormal hearing screening and known risk factors. This study was conducted in the department of neonatology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in collaboration with department of otolaryngology and department of obstetrics and gynaecology. This prospective observational study included a cohort of 168 neonates from Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and neonatal Nursery (Minimal care unit). All were screened for hearing impairment using Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in out-patient department of otolaryngology by a trained audiologist before discharge from hospital. Risk factors analysed were according to the criteria of American Academy of Pediatrics. Of the total neonates screened, Refer rate was 32.7% irrespective of presence or absence of risk factors. Small for gestational age, in-utero infections, ototoxic medications, birth weight < 1500, sepsis/meningitis, hyperbilirubinemia were found to be significant risk factors (p < 0.0001). It can be recommended that hearing screening should be universally done for all newborns.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 04/2014; 40(1):1-5. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v40i1.20319
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    ABSTRACT: Double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) is a newly developed endoscopic modality for diagnosis and treatment of small bowel disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic and therapeutic impact of DBE in patient with suspected small bowel disease. This was a prospective study. Sixty one double balloon enteroscopy procedures (30 antegrade 31 retrograde) were done in thirty six patients (20M/16F, mean age 40 ± 12.5 range 16-65 years ) at gastroenterology department, Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka between October 2011 and September 2012. Indications for DBE included chronic abdominal pain 14 (38.9%), obscure GI bleeding 11 (30.56%), Small bowel obstruction 05 (13.89%), and chronic diarrhea 06 (16.67%). The morphologic findings were ulcerations 13 (36.11%), growth 03 (8.33%), vascular ectasia 03 (8.33%) and polyp 01 (2.78%). Therapeutic interventions were performed in one patient only. No serious complications were observed. Diagnostic yields in case of chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, obscure GI bleeding and small bowel obstruction were 50%, 66%, 63% and 40% respectively. The findings were adenocarcinoma 04 (11%), lymphoma 03 (8.4%), tuberculosis 03 (8.4%), non specific findings 05 (13.9%), IPSID 01(2.8%), Crohn's disease 01 (2.8%), vascular ectasia 03 (8.33%) and normal 16 (44.44%). DBE is well tolerated, feasible and useful technique for the diagnosis as well as treatment of small intestinal disorders.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 12/2013; 39(3):116-9. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i3.20311
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of A1chieve was to remedy the deficit of data on the efficacy and safety of insulin analogues in routine clinical care in less well-resourced developed countries. To present results from the Bangladesh cohort of the A1chieve study receiving BIAsp 30 ± oral anti diabetic drugs. A1chieve was a 6-month, observational study of 66,726 people with type 2 diabetes, started on insulin detemir, insulin aspart or biphasic insulin aspart (BIAsp 30) in 28 countries across four continents. A total of 1,093 subjects were recruited from 49 sites in Bangladesh and 580 subjects initiated on BIAsp 30 were studied. In the entire cohort, treatment with BIAsp 30 for 24 weeks significantly reduced mean HbA(1c) (2.8%, p < 0.001), fasting plasma glucose (4.0 mmol/L, p < 0.001) and post prandial plasma glucose (6.6 mmol/L, p < 0.001) levels from baseline. The rate of overall hypoglycaemic events in the entire cohort also reduced significantly at 24 weeks (1.86 to 0.02 events/person year, p < 0.0001). BIAsp 30 can be considered as a safe and effective option for initiating as well as intensifying insulin therapy for type 2 diabetes.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 12/2013; 39(3):93-8. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i3.20307
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    ABSTRACT: This cross sectional analytic study by auto analyzer, performing M/H ratio, helps as a screening tool for thalassaemia trait in Bangladeshi population. Among total of 150 subjects, 50 known obligate carrier of beta-thalassaemia trait and 100 patients with hypochromia and microcytosis were included. In our study, the sensitivity, predictive value and diagnostic accuracy of the M/H ratio for the beta thalassaemia trait were 96%, 90.4% and 90.4%. Thus M/H ratio is an easy, reliable and sensitive index for mass screening of beta-thalassaemia population where iron deficiency anemia is also prevalent.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 12/2013; 39(3):146-147. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i3.20317
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    ABSTRACT: Transvagival sonography is superior to transabdominal sonography in most cases of pelvic pathology. Objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical usefulness of transvaginal ultrasonography (TVS) in pre, peri and post menopausal women suspected to have endometrial carcinoma. This cross sectional study was done with 40 patients who are clinically suspected having thickened endometrium. The study was carried out January 2007 to November 2008 for a period of two years. The patients having endometrial carcinoma diagnosed by TVS was correlated with histopathological diagnosis following collection of the report from the respective cases. Of total 40 cases, 2 (5.0%) cases were endometrial carcinoma and 38 (95.0%) were negative for endometrial carcinoma respectively in TVS findings. On the other hand 3 (7.5%) cases were endometrial carcinoma and 37 (92.5%) cases were negative for endometrial carcinoma in histopathological findings. The validity of TVS in diagnosis of endometrial carcinoma were studied by calculating sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value, which were 67 percent, 100 percent, 98 percent, 100 percent and 97 percent respectively. As the TVS findings of the present study correlated well with the histopathology findings and the validity test values were higher than observed by others, it can be concluded that TVS is sensitive and accurate modality in the evaluation of endometrial carcinoma.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):80-5. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i2.19647
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    ABSTRACT: Life-threatening coagulopathy associated with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) has been the defining clinical characteristic and is an important risk factor for fatal haemorrhage and early death. Pathogenesis of coagulopathy in APL is complex and mainly includes disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). The study was done to see the status of DIC and its impact on the outcome of APL in our setting. Among the total 60 patients, induction mortality rate was 30% and remission rate was 70%. The main cause of induction mortality was bleeding that accounts for 66.7% of mortality. DIC was present among 32 out of 60 patients (53.33%). Induction mortality has significant relationship to DIC as the induction mortality rate is 47% in patients with DIC and 11% in patient without DIC (P value 0.0009). Induction motality rate in low, intermediate and high risk group is 6.70%, 24% and 58% respectively (p value < 0.0001). Finally, risk group subclassification revealed presence of DIC in high risk group has the highest early mortality rate.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):57-60. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i2.19642
  • Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):91-2. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i2.19649
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    ABSTRACT: Spondylolisthesis in adults is characterized by the loss of disc height across the affected segment with sagital translation. The goal of stabilizing the spine is accomplished by fusion. Transforaminal approach for lumbar interbody fusion is a very good approach and reduces the complications associated with traditional posterior approach. It has been reported to be safe and effective in the treatment of spondylolisthesis. It has done to assess the functional outcome of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) in spondylolisthesis. This prospective interventional study was performed from July 2008 to June 2011 included 30 patients (male 07, female 23), within a age range of 30-59 years. Nineteen cases were lytic, 08 cases were degenerative, 02 were post-traumatic and 01 dysplastic variety of spondylolisthesis. Follow up ranged from 12 to 24 months and outcome assessed by VAS and ODI regarding pain and disability. Achievement of fusion and complications were documented accordingly. Statistical analysis was done by unpaired t-test and chi-squared test in appropriate instances. We included twenty One (70.00%) patient had Grade-II Spondylolisthesis and L4 over L5 had been the commonest level (53.33%) involved. Pain and disability improved significantly and 22 (73.33%) patients returned to their previous level of activity. One (03.33%) patient developed superficial wound infection and 01 (03.33%) had persistent low back pain. All patients had neurological improvement. We concluded that Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion is an effective alternative surgical procedure for the treatment of spondylolisthesis. Overall outcome is satisfactory in 93.33% cases.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):47-51. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i2.19640
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    ABSTRACT: Salivary gland tumours are relatively uncommon and most of the tumours arise from parotid gland. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is advised preoperatively as diagnostic tool but sometimes found to shown both false positive and false negative results. This study was aimed to find out distribution of neoplasm of major salivary glands and also to explore the sensitivity and specificity of FNAC. The present cross sectional study was done in the Dept. of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, BSMMU from January 2007 to December 2008. A total number of 60 gender-matched patients with major salivary neoplasm, confirmed by FNAC, were recruited in the study. Operated salivary gland specimens were sent for histopathological examination, histopathological findings were compared. Overall male to female ratio was 1:1. Out of 60 cases, 47 (78.3%) patients had parotid and 13 (21.7%) patients submandibular gland neoplasm. Male to female ratio for parotid tumour was 1:1.1 and for submandibular 1.6:1. Mean age of the patients was 44.5 with range of 14-85 years. Of the total 60 cases 47 (78.3%) were benign and 13 (21.7%) malignant. Out of 47 parotid tumour 85.1% were benign and 14.9% malignant. Among the parotid tumour 97% were superficial lobe and 3.0% deep lobe. In case of submandibular gland 53.84% were benign and 46.15% tumour malignant. According to the sides of involvement, 25 (53.2%) cases of parotid neoplasm tumour were in the left and 22 (46.8%) the right. In submandibular gland the distribution was 7 (53.8%) and 6 (46.16%) respectively. Statistically incidence of parotid tumour was significantly higher than submandibular tumour (p < 0.05). Out of 60 cases in 56 (93.3%) preoperative FNAC and postoperative histopathological findings were same. There was 1.7% false positive and 5% were false negative results. Sensitivity, specificity of FNAC were 80% and 97.8% respectively. Positive predictive value was 92.3% and negative predictive 93.6% for FNAC.FNAC though cheap and safe but its diagnostic accuracy was 93.3%.Histopathologial examination remained to be of value for diagnostic confirmation of major salivary gland neoplasm.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):69-73. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i2.19645
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    ABSTRACT: To ensure that potential kidney donors in Bangladesh have no renal impairment, it is extremely important to have accurate methods for evaluating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). We evaluated the performance of serum creatinine based GFR in healthy adult potential kidney donors in Bangladesh to compare GFR determined by DTPA with that determined by various prediction equations. In this study GFR in 61 healthy adult potential kidney donors were measured with 99mTc-diethylenetriamine penta-acetic acid (DTPA) renogram. We also estimated GFR using a four variable equation modification of diet in renal disease (MDRD), Cockcroft-Gault creatinine clearance (CGCrCl), Cockcroft-Gault glomerular filtration rate (CG-GFR). The mean age of study population was 34.31 +/- 9.46 years and out of them 65.6% was male. In this study mean mGFR was 85.4 +/- 14.8. Correlation of estimated GFR calculated by CG-CrCl, CG-GFR and MDRD were done with measured GFR DTPA using quartile. Kappa values were also estimated which was found to be 0.104 for (p = 0.151), 0.336 for (p = 0.001) and 0.125 for (p = 0.091) respectively. This indicates there is no association between estimated GFR calculated by CG-CrCl, CG-GFR, MDRD with measured GFR DTPA. These results show poor performance of these equations in evaluation of renal function among healthy population and also raise question regarding validity of these equations for assessment of renal function in chronic kidney disease in our population.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):74-9. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i2.19646
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    ABSTRACT: Facial anthropometry has well-known implications in health-related fields. Measurement of human face is used in identification of person in Forensic medicine, Plastic surgery, Orthodontics, Archeology, Hair-style design and examination of the differences between races and ethnicities. Facial anthropometry provides an indication of the variations in facial shape in a specified population. Bangladesh harbours many cultures and people of different races because of the colonial rules of the past regimes. Standards based on ethnic or racial data are desirable because these standards reflect the potentially different patterns of craniofacial growth resulting from racial, ethnic and sexual differences. In the above context, the present study was attempted to establish ethnic specific anthropometric data for the Christian Garo adult females of Bangladesh. The study was an observational, cross-sectional and primarily descriptive in nature with some analytical components and it was carried out with a total number of 100 Christian Garo adult females aged between 25-45 years. Three vertical facial dimensions such as facial height from 'trichion' to 'gnathion', nasal length and total vermilion height were measured by photographic method. Though these measurements were taken by photographic method but they were converted into actual size using one of the physically measured variables between two angles of the mouth (chilion to chilion). The data were then statistically analyzed by computation to find out its normatic value. The study also observed the possible 'correlation' between the facial height from 'trichion' to 'gnathion' with nasal length and total vermilion height. Multiplication factors were estimated for estimating facial height from nasal length and total vermilion height. Comparison were made between 'estimated' values with the 'measured' values by using't' test. The mean (+/- SD) of nasal length and total vermilion height were 4.53 +/- 0.36 cm and 1.63 +/- 0.23 cm respectively and the mean (+/- SD) of facial height from 'trichion' to 'gnathion' was 16.88 +/- 1.11 cm. Nasal length and total vermilion height showed also a significant positive correlation with facial height from 'trichion' to 'gnathion'. No significant difference was found between the 'measured' and 'estimated' facial height from 'trichion' to 'gnathion' for nasal length and total vermilion height.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):61-4.
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    ABSTRACT: Fecal occult blood test is the most widely used screening test for diagnosis of gastrointestinal bleeding disorders specially colorectal carcinoma. Among the various methods of fecal occult blood tests, chemical method is being used commonly, but the method has some drawbacks like low participation rate, high false positive rate, low sensitivity etc. To overcome these short comings, newer immunological method was introduced. This study evaluated the role of immunological method of fecal blood test in the diagnosis of occult lower GIT bleeding. Stool samples from two hundred patients were examined by both chemical and immunological method. The patients who were positive by any or both methods of occult blood test, were advised for colonoscopy. During colonoscopy tissues were taken for histopathology which was the gold standard of this study. Among 110 OBT positive patients pathological lesions were detected in 65 patients by colonoscopy and histopathology. The diseases detected by colonoscopy and histopathology 18 colorectal polyp, 8 colorectal cancer, 24 ulcerative lesions and 5 inflammatory bowel disease etc. Regarding comparative analysis of chemical and immunological method, the higher sensitivity (95.4% vs. 49.2%), specificity (44.4% vs. 37.8%), accuracy (74.5% vs. 44.5%), PPV (71.3% vs. 53.3%) and NPV (87% vs. 34%) of immunological method than chemical method was observed. Thus immunological method of fecal occult blood test was appeared to be a better alternative to conventional chemical method of fecal occult blood test in the diagnosis of occult lower GIT bleeding.
    Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin 08/2013; 39(2):52-6. DOI:10.3329/bmrcb.v39i2.19641