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Amala Institute of Medical Sciences

Amala Nagar PO, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA - 680555

GASTROENTROLOGY

This department started functioning since April 1996. The department runs regular OPD and endoscopy sessions. The department has most modern video upper GI scope and colonoscope (Olympus Exera II CV – 180 series) with facilities of narrow band imaging & Foot pump.

Upper GI scopy includes routine diagnostic work, banding of oesophageal varices, sclerotherapy of oesophageal and gastric varices, dilatation of oesophageal strictures, and foreign body removal. Stenting of malignant oesophageal strictures, Polypectomy, Endoscopic nasogastric & nasojejunal tube placement and haemorrhoidal banding are also undertaken. Selectron therapy of oesophageal malignacies are regularly done. Lower GI scopies include colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Now, two Consultants are here to run regular OPD & endoscopy sessions everyday.

This department caters a lot of hepatology work. Many cases of acute hepatitis as well as chronic liver disease attend the gastro OPD regularly and undergo inpatient treatment if required. A good number of inflammatory bowel disease cases in addition to pancreatitis are managed in the department. This department functions as a referral unit to many of the hospitals of Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad district.

We have started Diploma in Endoscopic Technology course in July 2012. Every year, 4 students are selected. Duration of course is 2 years. We are planning to start ERCP & biliary stenting shortly. We also have an equipped semi-ICU to manage critical patients.

OP Timing

All working days - 8 AM to 4 PM.

Dr. Sreejith Venugopal

Did MBBS from Govt medical college Thrissur and passed out in 2005
MD in general medicine from Govt medical college Jabalpur , Madhya Pradesh and passed out in 2009
DM in medical gastroenterology from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Luckow, Uttar Pradesh in 2013
Three years of PG teaching experience while doing DM/ senior residency

Dr. Robert P. Panakkal

Publications:

1. Use of supportive factors and sustained virological response in hepatitis C; Indian J Gastroenterol (November 2013; 31 (Suppl 1); A 59.

2. Endoscopic management of benign biliary strictures Indian J Gastroenterol (November 2013) 32(Suppl 1) A 101.

3. Prevalance of insulin resistance and its relationship with virologic response in genotype 3 hepatitis C Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology ; March 2013 ; Vol. 3 ; No. 15; 567.