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The Alien Hand Sign–Case Report and Review of the Literature

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Childhood Leukaemia: Towards an Integrated Psychosocial Intervention Programme in Singapore

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Management Training in Critical Care Medicine

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is widely practised for cardiopulmonary arrests with variable success. The initial intention was to defibrillate patients with ventricular fibrillation after acute...

APACHE II and SAPS II are Poorly Calibrated in a Hong Kong Intensive Care Unit

The Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) and the new Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPS II) scoring systems are widely used...

Audit of 2431 Admissions to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Singapore General Hospital

The Singapore General Hospital is a 1700-bedded tertiary hospital with subspecialty intensive care units (ICUs), i.e. Surgical ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Neurosurgical ICU, Medical ICU,...

Impact on Quality of Patient Care and Procedure Use in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Following Reorganisation

Critical care is costly as it is labour intensive and involves expensive life support technology. In the United States, the intensive care units (ICUs)...

Intensivists for the Intensive Care Unit—Do They Make a Difference?

Does Critical Care Medicine exist and what defines its area of practice? Different countries have embarked on their own journeys of discovery, and have...

Urinary 2/16α-hydroxyestrone Ratio: Correlation with Serum Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-3 and a Potential Biomarker of Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Singapore with age-standardised incidence rates increasing markedly from 26.8 to 38.7 per 100 000...

A Case Series of Paget’s Disease of Bone: Diagnosing a Rather Uncommon Condition in Singapore

Sir James Paget’s description in 1877 of “a form of chronic inflammation of bones” which now bears his name was based entirely on clinical...

Ergotism and Vascular Insufficiency: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Toxicity from ergot and its derivative is well known. Great epidemics occurred during the middle ages due to consumption of rye contaminated with the...

Systemic Sclerosis in DRw52-positive Silica-exposed Males: A Case Report

Familial scleroderma was first documented in 1953 by Rees and Bennett who described the occurrence of a localised disease in a father and daughter....

Subclavian-oesophageal Fistula as a Complication of Foreign Body Ingestion: A Case Report

Ingested foreign bodies are a common condition in the practice of Otolaryngology. In particular, there is no doubt a greater tendency in the local...

A Case Report of a Patient with Bronchial Carcinoid Tumour and Late Presentation of Cushing’s Syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome is usually easy to recognise clinically. Determining the cause of non-iatrogenic Cushing’s syndrome is, on the other hand, often a diagnostic enigma. This...

Traumatic Dislocation of the Testes

Traumatic dislocation of the testes is uncommon. The first case was reported by Claubry in 1818 in Paris, when a 20-year-old soldier was run...

A Case of Accelerated Development of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy in a Woman with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus after Pregnancy

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in persons between the age of 24 and 64 years both in the US and the...

Trilateral Retinoblastoma—A Case Report

Retinoblastoma is the third most common tumour in childhood. It is inherited genetically. This article is available only as a PDF. Please click on “Download...

Recurrent Gigantic Pyogenic Granuloma Disturbing Speech and Mastication: A Case Report and Literature Review

Pyogenic granulomas are common benign fibrovascular growths of the oral cavity that are non-neoplastic in nature. They may also present as skin lesions. This article...

Verrucous Haemangioma—A Case Report

Verrucous haemangioma is an uncommon congenital vascular malformation which may grow to large sizes. It has a characteristic hyperkeratotic and verrucous surface which resembles...

Interventional Electrophysiology and its Role in the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia

Cardiac arrhythmias are disorders of the electrical system of the heart which can present as benign ectopics or as life-threatening arrhythmias and sudden cardiac...

A Review of the Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Evaluation of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears

In the evaluation of chronic shoulder pain and dysfunction clinically suspected to be due to shoulder impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tendon tears, magnetic...

Epidural Analgesia in Obstetrics

Most obstetric anaesthetists have their favourite epidural concoction for use in labour, This paper surveys the variation in techniques of drug delivery and types...

The Global Pandemic of Dengue/Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever: Current Status and Prospects for the Future

The world has experienced unprecedented population growth in the past 50 years that continues unabated in the waning years of the 20th century. It...

Survey of Aerobic Bacterial Infections in Paediatric Surgical Intensive Care Unit Patients

Data on infections in paediatric surgical patients are few in the literature. Although there are many studies on infection in adult surgical and paediatric...

Are Antacids Necessary as Routine Prescriptives with Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used for their analgesic or anti-inflammatory properties in musculoskeletal pain. However, they are not without adverse effects, such...

Otitis Externa—The Clinical Pattern in a Tertiary Institution in Singapore

Although otitis externa is a common otological condition, the literature pertaining to it is sparse in contrast to the vast amounts of articles that...

Haematuria in the Diagnosis of Urinary Calculi

Patients with renal or ureteric colic are commonly seen at our Emergency Department. We routinely check their urine for haematuria using the Combur 9...

A Retrospective Review of Patients with Clinically Definite Multiple Sclerosis

Genetic susceptibility and environmental factors influence the prevalence and clinical manifestations of multiple sclerosis (MS). Since MS is rare in Southeast Asia, descriptions of...

Phyllodes Tumour: An Update of 40 Cases

First described by Johannes Muller in 1838 as a large, benign tumour of the breast. Phyllodes tumour is a rare pathological entity, accounting for...

The Investigation and Management of Thyroid Nodules—A Retrospective Review of 183 Cases

Thyroid nodule is a common problem in surgical practice. In 1994, more than 350 thyroid operations were performed in our department, of which 183...

The Role for Preoperative Localisation Techniques in Surgery for Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperparathyroidism is well recognised as a clinical problem that has a myriad of presentation. The classical presenting symptoms of hypercalcaemia have been well documented...

Double Level Fractures of the Femur Treated with Closed Intramedullary Nailing

Closed locked intramedullary nailing of the femur has become the accepted means of treating fractures of the femur. The use of locking nails has...

Soft Tissue Cover in Compound and Complicated Tibial Fractures Using Microvascular Flaps

Compound tibial fractures are high-energy traumatic injuries, which are frequently associated with high incidence of complications like infection and failure of bony union leading...

Portable Chest Radiography: Comparison of High-resolution Digital Displays with Laser Printed Digital Film

In most institutions, about 10% to 25% of imaging examinations are recorded digitally (e.g. digital subtraction angiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound)....

Percutaneous Needle Aspiration in the Treatment of Hepatic Abscess: Factors Influencing Patients’ Outcome

Liver abscess traditionally has been treated by open surgical drainage, mortality rates being as high as 80% to 100% if left untreated. However, with...

Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Internal Auditory Canals and Posterior Fossa

Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is now the gold-standard examination for the exclusion of acoustic schwannomas or other posterior fossa tumours. We retrospectively reviewed...

Non-diagnostic Smears in Aspiration Cytology of Palpable Breast Lumps

A wide variety of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions have been described in the breast. Breast tissue is also subjected to many physiologic changes such...

Population-based Mammographic Screening in Singapore: What are Participants’ Views?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Singapore and has been increasing in incidence since 1968. This rise is particularly marked...

Plasma Vitamins A, C and E in the General Population of Singapore, 1993 to 1995

The current disease pattern in Singapore (an island state of 3.3 million people composed of 76% Chinese, 14% Malays, 7% Asian Indians and 3%...

Scientific Publication is Dominated by First World Countries

There is a perception among authors of scientific articles from “developing” or “third world” countries that when they submit their research papers to international...

The Rich Legacy of Tan Tock Seng Hospital Includes that of Being a Medical College in 1943 to 1944

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore, started its history as a pauper hospital. The foundation stone of the first TTSH was laid on 25...

Tan Tock Seng Hospital: Some Recollections from 1942 to 1997

When I was asked to deliver this inaugural Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) Oration, I was deeply moved and truly appreciative of the honour...

Medicine and Surgery—History, Change and Challenge

Mr Koh Yong Guan, guest-of-honour; Dr Tan Ser Kiat, Master, Academy of Medicine; Dr K C Tan, Chairman, Chapter of Surgeons; Dr Robert Jalleh...

Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis and Osteitis (SAPHO) Syndrome: A Brief Review of a Rare Condition

The acronym SAPHO refers to a syndrome characterised by synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis and osteitis. In 1961, a link between acne conglobata and arthritis...

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Management

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease characterised by remissions and exacerbations that vary in severity and timing among people. Its chronic and degenerative course...

A Case of Sulindac-induced Enteropathy Resulting in Jejunal Perforation

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for the treatment of various rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The adverse effects of NSAIDs on...

Musculoskeletal Pain Clinic in Singapore—Sacroiliac Joint Somatic Dysfunction as Cause of Buttock Pain

Patient A, a 33-year-old male administrative coordinator presented with left buttock pain of 4 to 5 years duration which radiated down to the leg...

Intra-Synovial Corticosteroid Injections in Juvenile Chronic Arthritis—A Review

Locally injected intra-synovial corticosteroids are useful to target selected joint, tendon sheath or bursal inflammation in children with pauciarticular or polyarticular juvenile chronic arthritis...

Osteoporosis—The Need for a Paradigm Shift

Osteoporosis is becoming an increasing public health problem in most countries. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” and involves skeletal fragility leading to an increased...

Managing Problem Gout

Gout occurs in 3 overlapping phases: a long phase of asymptomatic hyperuricaemia, a period of recurrent acute gouty attacks separated by asymptomatic intervals (interval...

Lipid Disorders and Rheumatic Diseases

The relationship between lipid disorders and arthritis is manifold. Hyperlipidaemia may manifest clinically in the musculoskeletal system. In 1968, Khachadurian studied 14 families of...

Rheumatoid Arthritis—A Review

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis which is occasionally associated with extraarticular manifestations. Although the first good clinical description was by Landre-Beauvais...

Imaging of Thoracic Manifestations of Scleroderma

Systemic sclerosis (SScl) is a generalised disease of the connective tissue characterised by fibrosis and vascular changes affecting the skin, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys,...

Overview of Imaging in Rheumatologic Diseases

Since the discovery of X-rays over a century ago, radiology has played a pivotal role in rheumatology and diseases of the joints. The innovations...

Advances in Antiphospholipid (Hughes’) Syndrome

Phospholipids (PLs) are components of cell membranes. Their function is not only to maintain the structure of the membranes but also to modify the...

The Appropriate Use of Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (ANCA) Testing in Rheumatic Diseases

In 1982, Davies and co-workers in Melbourne described the presence of a serum factor that stained the cytoplasm of neutrophil leukocytes by indirect immunofluorescence...

Oral Tolerance: Mechanisms and Therapy of Autoimmune Diseases

Immunologic tolerance is a hallmark of the immune system whereby immune cells are tolerant of self antigen. Historically, this tolerance was thought to be...

The Genetics of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic rheumatic disease characterised by protean clinical manifestations as well as the presence of multiple autoantibodies. Tissue deposition...

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Singapore

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or lupus (“wolf” in Latin) in short, is an autoimmune disorder of unknown aetiology(ies) and characterised by diverse clinical manifestations...

Murine Lupus: Pathogenic Mechanisms and Genetic Origins

The complex and non organ-specific nature of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has made it difficult for researchers to unravel the genetic defects and pathogenic...

Education in Rheumatology

The fact that there is an increasing and growing need in societies for care of sufferers of rheumatic conditions can be shown from national...

The Sensitivity and Specificity of Autoantibodies to the Sm Antigen in the Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The presence of multiple autoantibodies is the hallmark of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Many of these autoantibodies target nuclear antigens e.g. histones, Sm, RNP,...

Clinical Predictors of Nephritis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus nephritis is a common manifestation of lupus associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The use of cytotoxic agents has resulted in improved renal...

Adult-onset Still’s Disease in an Oriental Population: Manifestations, Course and Outcome in 16 Patients

Although George Still first described systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) comprising fever, arthritis, lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly in 1897, it was not until 1971...

Clinical Presentation and Disease Associations of Gout: A Hospital-based Study of 100 Patients in Singapore

Gout is a common metabolic disease that causes arthritis which is often painful and sometimes disabling. It results from the deposition of monosodium urate...

Ankylosing Spondylitis in Singapore: A Study of 150 Patients and a Local Update

Back pain is a common but often self-limiting problem. However, it is important to recognise causes of chronic backache such as ankylosing spondylitis which...

Development of Rheumatology in Singapore

Patients with rheumatic diseases frequently consult primary care physicians, internists and orthopaedic surgeons. In the past, few doctors took interest in these diseases. This article...

Board of Reviewers

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Current Continuing Medical Education Provision in Singapore

It was in 1994 that as an overseas fellow of the College, I received a letter from Dr Peter Toghill, Director of Continuing Medical...

Early 21st Century Professional Practice: Change and Challenge

Today is a day of rejoicing for all of you, graduates, parents, relatives and loved ones. I can share in your joy and also...

9th Seah Cheng Siang Memorial Lecture: Gastric Cancer—Where are we now?

The last two decades have witnessed dramatic changes in the understanding of gastric cancer: a rapid decline in global incidence, its association with Helicobacter...

Multivariate Statistical Analysis: A Brief Introduction

In modern medical research, it is rare to limit data analysis to merely two variables: a single exposure (independent) variable and a single outcome...

Osteoid Osteoma after a Stress Fracture of the Tibia: A Case Report

A 24-year-old man complained of left leg pain following 3 months of infantry training 6 years ago. There was no previous complaint of pain...

Reconstruction of a Supinated Hypoplastic Thumb with Combined Huber Transfer and Derotation Osteotomy: A Case Report

A 6-year-old Chinese girl presented with a deformity of the left thumb since birth. Her father has a similar deformity. This article is available only...

Incessant Ectopic Atrial Tachycardia and Tachycardia-related Cardiomyopathy: Therapeutic Options and Potential for Cure

Incessant ectopic atria tachycardia (IEAT) is a rare and insidious arrhythmia which is frequently misdiagnosed and if untreated, leads to ‘exhaustion’ of the myocardium...

A Case Report of Adult T-Cell Leukaemia/Lymphoma (ATLL)

Our patient was a 71-year-old Chinese man who presented with a 6-year history of recurrent papular erythematous eruptions to the dermatologist. This article is available...

Haemorrhage into Non-functioning Adrenal Cysts—Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature

Doran, in 1903, reported the first case of adrenal cyst described by Greiselius in 1670. It was not until 1966 that Foster reported the...

Chronic Subdural Haematoma Presenting with Transient Ischaemic Attacks— A Case Report

Transient ischaemic attacks (TIA) are commonly seen in neurologic practice. They are most commonly associated with cerebrovascular insufficiency, either from a thrombotic or embolic...

Chryseobacterium meningosepticum (Flavobacterium meningosepticum)—A Report of Five Cases in a Local Hospital

Chryseobacterium meningosepticum has been known to be a causative agent of meningitis particularly in the premature and newborn infants. The first case of human...

Bullous Dermatomyositis Associated with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma —A Case Report

Bullous dermatomyositis is a rare variant of dermatomyositis and has been reported in the literature. It is believed to be strongly associated with the...

Case Reports of Linear IgA Bullous Dermatosis of Childhood

Linear IgA bullous dermatosis of childhood (LADC) is an acquired subepidermal blistering disorder of young children which is characterised by the unique finding of...

Atypical Mycobacterium Infection with Sporotrichoid Spread in a Patient with Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Mycobacteria other than tubercle bacilli (MOTT) were shown to be agents of human disease in the 1950s. They are also known as atypical, environmental...

Somatisation among Asian Refugees and Immigrants as a Culturally-shaped Illness Behaviour

During the past two decades, close to one million Southeast Asian refugees of war have resettled in North America. Together with the already significant...

Intracoronary Brachytherapy: The Beginning of the End of Restenosis?

Restenosis remains a major clinical problem 20 years after the introduction of coronary angioplasty by Andreas Gruentzig in the treatment of coronary artery disease....

One-year Review of Pityriasis Rosea at the National Skin Centre, Singapore

Pityriasis rosea is a common, self-limited disorder of unknown but suspected viral aetiology, that develops abruptly with few or no prodromal symptoms. Classically, the...

Repigmentation of Vitiligo with Autologous Blister-induced Epidermal Grafts

Treatment of vitiligo can sometimes be difficult and disappointing. Medical treatment includes topical or systemic steroids and psoralen with ultraviolet A light (PUVA). This article...

An In vitro Evaluation of Epidural Catheters: Tensile Strength and Resistance to Kinking

In the current era of increasing economic and medicolegal pressures, it is imperative that equipment-related limitations and complications be reduced to a minimum. Epidural...

Video-assisted Thoracoscopy: Role in the Management of Intrathoracic Pathology

Thoracoscopy was first introduced by Jacobaeus nearly a century ago. With the development of endoscopic equipment and the recent surge of interest in minimally...

Outcome of Tunnelled Central Venous Haemodialysis Catheters Inserted by Radiologists

In end-stage renal failure patients, maintaining adequate vascular access continues to be an ongoing challenge. Native arteriovenous fistulas or synthetic arteriovenous grafts are satisfactory...

Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma (FAST)

The multiply injured patient presents a challenge to even the most experienced surgeon. These patients often present in shock and require a rapid diagnostic...

Is Staging of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Feasible?

Staging of disease is important. It serves as a guide for further management and also for comparing the results of treatment. Traditionally this has...

Perinatal Drug Abuse in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

In recent years, perinatal drug abuse has been emerging as an area of major concern for the perinatologists. Chasnoff found the prevalence of substance...

Transscaphoid Perilunate Fracture/Dislocations—Results of Surgical Treatment

Transscaphoid perilunate fracture/dislocations are relatively uncommon injuries of the wrist, constituting about 3% of all carpal injuries. However, it accounts for more than half...

Excimer Laser Phototherapeutic Keratectomy for Recurrent Corneal Erosions

Recurrent cornea1 erosion (RCE) syndrome is a commonly encountered clinical condition which may be difficult to treat. Hansen first described it in 1872. This article...

Use of EMLA Cream or Alfentanil for Analgesia during Ophthalmic Nerve Blocks

Cataract surgery is performed mainly as day-case surgery, with the majority performed under regional anaesthesia. Retrobulbar block, combined with facial nerve block, provides good...

The Effect of Fenofibrate on Insulin Sensitivity and Plasma Lipid Profile in Non diabetic Males with Low High Density Lipoprotein/Dyslipidaemic Syndrome

Hyperinsulinaemia and insulin resistance have been postulated to relate directly to both hypertension and coronary artery disease in type II diabetes and possibly also...

A Pilot Study of the Efficacy and Tolerability of Intralesional Recombinant Human Beta-Interferons in Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia

Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) is a neoplastic disorder in which infection with sub-types of the human papillomavirus appears to play an important aetiological ro1e....

Trust and Editorial Independence—A Vision for the Annals

The latest casualty in the “Editor-Owner” debacle, the forced departure of Jerome Kassirer as Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM),...

New Treatment and Research Strategies for the Improvement of Care of Cleft Lip and Palate Patients in the New Millennium

I have chosen as the title of my keynote address “New Treatment and Research Strategies for the Improvement of the Care of Cleft Lip...

Midface Distraction Osteogenesis in Cleft Patients: A Case Report

The aetiology of midfacial hypoplasia in patients with cleft lip and palate has been attributed in the literature to the surgical procedures used for...

A Case Report of a Vital Replanted Tooth with Unfavourable Extra-alveolar Condition: A 10-Year Follow-up

Tooth avulsion, frequently of the maxillary central incisors, occurs most often in children from 7 to 9 years of age, when the periodontium surrounding...

Odontoameloblastoma: Report of a Case

Ameloblastoma is a benign but locally invasive tumour that affects the jaws. Although it is commonly regarded as a homogeneous group of tumours, detailed...

Oral Manifestations of Schimmelpenning Syndrome: Case Report and Review of Literature

Schimmelpenning syndrome (SS) is characterised by specific skin manifestations, skeletal defects, and central nervous system abnormalities, such as mental deficiency and seizures. Happle has...

Selective Laser Sintering: Application of a Rapid Prototyping Method in Craniomaxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery

The value of computed tomography (CT) in craniofacial trauma is now well established with progress in imaging modalities. Three-dimensional (3-D) CT has changed the...

The Role of Distraction Osteogenesis in the Management of Craniofacial Disorders

The concept of distraction osteogenesis was championed by Ilizarov, beginning as early as 1954, for the treatment of a variety of congenital and acquired...

Alveolar Bone Grafts: The Surgical/Orthodontic Management of the Cleft Maxilla

Secondary alveolar bone grafting, which was pioneered in Europe, was reported in the German literature at the beginning of this century. However, it was...

The Role of Laser Surface Imaging in the Evaluation of Craniomaxillofacial Disorders: The Singapore General Hospital Experience

The management of craniomaxillofacial disorders is not complete without the proper documentation of clinical information and the storage of images. It is usually long-term...

Pathogenesis and Morphogenesis of Craniofacial Developmental Anomalies

The current explosion of molecular biology encompassing genetics, morphogenesis, teratogenesis and pharmacogenomics for targeted drug therapy is about to have a profound impact upon...

A Review of Common Mucocutaneous Disorders Affecting the Mouth and Lips

Most of the mucocutaneous diseases are confined to the stratified squamous epithelia and thus may involve oral, genital and other mucosae and skin. Most...

Oral Rehabilitation Using Dental Implants and Guided Bone Regeneration

Form follows function and adaptation to physiologic demands dictates skeletal form. In the oro-facial region, tooth loss leads to atrophy of the alveolar arches...

Reconstruction of Cranial Bone Defects Using Alloplastic Implants Produced from a Stereolithographically-generated Cranial Model

Cranial bone defects can be a result of trauma, congenital defects, infection or iatrogenically induced by surgery. Even for patients with sufficient hair to...

Repair of Complex Orbital Fractures: Technical Problems, State-of-the-art Solutions and Future Perspectives

Fractures involving the orbits are frequent among facial injuries, making up to nearly 40% of the total. Within the wide range of severity, the...

Lessons Learnt from the Management of 1500 Complex Facial Fractures

With the advent of regional trauma centres and rapid air transport systems, a larger number of patients with extremely complex craniomaxillofacial trauma are now...

An Anatomic Evaluation of the Furlow Double Opposing Z-Plasty Technique of Cleft Palate Repair

The Furlow double opposing Z-plasty has gained considerable popularity since its introduction approximately a decade ago, and is currently a favoured method of both...

A 5-Year Survey of Oral Biopsies in an Oral Surgical Unit in Singapore: 1993-1997

There are a variety of pathological conditions that present in the oral cavity. While clinical and radiographic examination will suggest a provisional diagnosis, histological...

The Role of Multiple Segment Osteotomies in Orthognathic Surgery

Multiple segment osteotomy (MSO) orthognathic surgery serves to combine total or segmental maxillary and mandibular correction of dentofacial deformities with concurrent diastematic procedures to...

Epidemiology of Cleft Lip and Palate in Singapore—A 10-Year Hospital-based Study

With the control of most infectious diseases and malnutrition, congenital malformations are now one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality among...

Sutures, Growth Plates and the Craniofacial Base—Experimental Studies in the Toothless (tl-Osteopetrotic) Rat

Craniofacial development is a complex multidimensional process that depends in large part on growth in the cranial base at several growth centres posteriorly and...

Surface Laser Scanning of the Cleft Palate Deformity —Validation of the Method

Cleft palate morphology and palatal dimensional changes due to growth and treatment have been analysed by numerous quantitative techniques. Many of these methods, however,...

Intraoral Mandibular Distraction: Indications, Technique and Long-term Results

Distraction osteogenesis is rapidly becoming a mainstream treatment modality for the early management of the patient with mandibular hypoplasia. Following early clinical experience with...

A Review of Mandibular Fractures in a Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Centre

The mandible occupies a unique position in the facial skeleton, being both the aesthetic and functional foundation of the lower third of the face....

Aetiology and Distribution of Mandibular Fractures in the National University Hospital, Singapore

Apart from the nasal bone, the mandible is the most commonly fractured bone in the face. It is also the 10th most often broken...

A Duty of Quality

The process of delivery of health care is complex and includes aspects which concern the clinician, the patient and the treatment process itself. Training...

Address by the Master, Academy of Medicine, Singapore at the 1999 Annual Induction Dinner at the Regent Hotel

We are in the last year of the nineteen hundreds. Next year will be year 2000. Time magazine, in choosing this century’s greatest minds...

Response by the Representative of Inductees, Academy of Medicine, Singapore at the 1999 Annual Induction Ceremony: Hippocrates in the Next Millennium—Resurrecting the Dying Art of Apprenticeship

The learning of medicine has evolved significantly over the past few decades. Most of us will still remember the days of old where we...

Address by the Master, Academy of Medicine, Singapore at the 1999 Annual Induction Ceremony

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this evening’s induction ceremony held in this Auditorium which was home to our only Medical School...

Palm Printing on Agar Plates of Hands of Health Care Workers from the Intensive Care Units of the National University Hospital of Singapore

Nosocomial infections are one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in hospitals resulting in increasing health care costs. The intensive care unit...

How the Mental Hospital was Renamed Woodbridge Hospital in 1951

In the 1920s the government embarked on an ambitious programme to build hospitals, staffed largely by graduates of the King Edward College of Medicine....

Disseminated Penicillium marneffei Infection: A Report of Five Cases in Singapore

Penicillium marneffei is a dimorphic fungus that can cause infection in immunocompromised hosts. Reports on infection with this organism were initially uncommon, but after...

Extraarticular Villonodular Synovitis of the Tendoachilles: A Case Report

Pigmented villonodular synovitis is a progressive synovial lesion of uncertain aetiology associated with synovial-lined tissues of the joints, tendon sheaths and bursae. The incidence...

Embolisation of a Leaking Pseudoaneurysm of the Main Artery Supplying a Replanted Arm: A Case Report

Pseudoaneurysms are conventionally treated by surgery. In recent years, non-surgical methods are being considered, including embolisation with wires, coils or gelfoam and anticoagulation. This article...

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Discontinuation Symptoms

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a new class of antidepressants which are effective, better tolerated with less side effects and more specific in...

Palatal Myoclonus—A Case Report

Palatal myoclonus is a rare movement disorder characterised by rhythmic recurring jerky movements of the soft palate, pharynx, larynx and rarely diaphragm, trunk and...

Soft Tissue Chondroma in the Finger: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Chondromas are the most common bony tumours in the hand. However, soft tissue chondromas are relatively uncommon entities. This article is available only as a...

The Use of Magnesium Sulphate in the Intensive Care Management of an Asian Patient with Tetanus

A 29-year old Thai construction worker, previously well, was admitted to our Orthopaedic Department for sudden onset of lower back pain. Physical examination showed...

Life-threatening Perineal Gangrene from Rectal Perforation Following Colonic Hydrotherapy: A Case Report

Alternative medicine has become widely publicised throughout the world. Alternative medicine practitioners (AMPS), which include Oriental medicine doctors, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, naturopaths and...

A Case Series of Falciparum Malaria-induced Acute Renal Failure

Predominantly a disease of hot and humid climates, malaria affects 270 million people worldwide annually, and has a mortality rate of 1%. The increasing...

Eccrine Porocarcinoma: A Case Report

Porocarcinoma is a rare malignant tumour, arising from the intra-epidermal ductal portion of the eccrine sweat gland, also known as “acrosyringium”.’ According to the...

Re-expansion Pulmonary Oedema Following One-lung Ventilation —A Case Report

A 15-year-old female patient weighing 40 kg with asymptomatic but severe scoliosis was admitted for correction of a skeletal deformity via a thoracoscopic anterior...

Bilateral Caudate Infarct—A Case Report

The head of caudate nucleus forms a prominent bulge in the lateral wall of the anterior horn of the lateral ventricle. Its blood supply...

Homocysteine and Atherosclerotic Disease: The Epidemiologic Evidence

Homocysteine is a thiol-containing amino acid formed during the metabolism of methionine. The metabolic fate of homocysteine may be influenced by the alterations in...

Genetically Manipulated Animals and Their Use in Experimental Research

Animals have long served as experimental models for studying human biology and diseases. With the biomolecular revolution in the past three decades, genetically manipulated...

Under-diagnosed Psychiatric Syndrome II: Pathologic Skin Picking

Pathologic skin picking may be defined as the habitual picking of skin lesions, which when chronic and extensive, can lead to significant distress, dysfunction...

Intravital Microscopy for the Study of the Microcirculation in Various Disease States

It is more than 150 years ago when the first detailed description of intravital microscopy was given by Waller, demonstrating in the frog tongue...

Changing the Institutional Practice of Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery to Early Extubation

In the past, cardiac patients in this institution were ventilated postoperatively for a prolonged period, frequently overnight. Since 1997 some of our cardiac anaesthetists...

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Brain Metastases: Magnetisation Transfer or Triple Dose Gadolinium?

Accurate detection of brain metastases is an important part of tumour staging. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is well accepted as a sensitive tool in...

Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy in Patients with Locally Advanced Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma of the Undifferentiated Type

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) of the undifferentiated type has a unique geographic distribution and is rather different, biologically and aetiologically, from squamous cell cancer of...

A Clinical Study of Seven Cases of Trichotillomania in Singapore

Trichotillomania was first described by a French dermatologist Hallopeau (1889) of a young man who pulled out his hair in tufts. The word trichotillomania...

The Outcome of Trial Off Catheter after Acute Retention of Urine

Acute retention of urine (ARU) is the commonest urological condition requiring emergency admission to hospital and is usually managed by urethral catheterisation. Previously, patients...

Renal Cell Carcinoma in Patients with Chronic Renal Failure

Dunnil and associates first described the association of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with acquired cystic kidney disease (ACKD) and end stage renal disease. The...

Inferior Vena Cava Thrombectomy for Renal Cell Carcinoma with Thrombus

A characteristic feature of renal cell carcinoma is the development of tumour thrombus extending into the inferior vena cava (IVC). This takes place in...

Rapid One-day Fluorescence In Situ Hybridisation in Prenatal Diagnosis Using Uncultured Amniocytes and Chorionic Villi

The most common chromosomal abnormalities in newborns are trisomy 21, trisomy 18, trisomy 13, and monosomy X, with incidences of 1/800, 1/8,000, 1/20,000, and...

A Comparison of Antigen Dipstick Assays with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Technique and Blood Film Examination in the Rapid Diagnosis of Malaria

According to the 1996 epidemiological studies in Singapore done by the Ministry of the Environment, a total of 364 cases of malaria were reported...

New Techniques for Surgical Decompression of Thyroid-related Orbitopathy

For a number of years, transantral orbital decompression formed the mainstay of surgical treatment of thyroid-related orbitopathy. The goal of this and several subsequently-described...

Potentiation of Acetylcholine-induced Smooth Muscle Contraction in Rat Ileum by Lead

It is known that exposure of animals and humans to heavy metals such as lead can result in neurological dysfunction. Pharmacodynamic effects of lead...

Radiological Placement of 211 Central Venous Catheters: Outcome and Complications

Long-term central venous access is an important part of modern medical practice, especially in the haematology and oncology units. Central venous (CV) catheters are...

A Prospective Study of Infections with Atypical Pneumonia Organisms in Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease state characterised by the presence of airflow limitation that is generally progressive, partially reversible and caused...

Parainfluenza Type 3 Viral Outbreak in a Neonatal Nursery

Parainfluenza viruses are relatively large RNA paramyxoviruses. Four serologic types cause disease in humans. This article is available only as a PDF. Please click on...

Structured Abstracts

Structured abstracts are those that describe a study using specified content headings. In structured abstracts essential information is concisely reported using content headings (e.g....

The Development of Postgraduate Training Programmes in Singapore

Singapore, a small island off the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles of the East India Company of Great...

T Wave Alternans and Acute Rheumatic Myocarditis: A Case Report

T wave alternans, an electrical cardiac alternans in which there is a beat-to-beat variation in the amplitude, shape or the polarity of the T...

Comparison of First Carpometacarpal Joint Arthrodesis with Contralateral Excision Arthroplasty in a Patient with Bilateral Saddle Joint Arthritis: A Case Report

The carpometacarpal joint (CMCJ) of the thumb is commonly afflicted with degenerative arthritis. Of the patients seeking surgical treatment, post-menopausal women outnumber men by...

Measurement of Obesity by Anthropometry and Bioelectric Impedance Analysis: Correlation with Fasting Lipids and Insulin Resistance in an Asian Population

Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This risk is partially mediated by the correlation between obesity and other coronary artery disease risk...

Retrospective Study of Behcet’s Disease seen at the National Skin Centre, Singapore

Behcet’s disease, first described by a Turkish dermatologist, Dr Hulusi Behcet, is a multisystem inflammatory disorder of unknown aetiology. The diagnosis of Behcet’s disease...

Controversies in Anaesthesia—Designer Drugs

The discovery of new drugs in anaesthesia previously relied completely on chance. Chemical compounds produced by pharmaceutical companies were screened by a variety of...

Newer Thrombolytic Agents

First-generation fibrinolytic agents (streptokinase and urokinase) are effective thrombolytic drugs, but are not fibrin specific as they also have the property to convert circulating...

Diagnosing and Managing Faecal Incontinence

Faecal incontinence is the inability to control the passage of gas, liquid or solid through the anus. Its severity varies from infrequent passage of...

Cancer Gene Therapy—Fantasy or Foresight?

Genes define life, at least in its biological sense. The prospect of being able to manipulate human biological processes through genetic engineering understandably evokes...

Acoustic Neuroma: Outcome of Surgical Resection and Study on the Anatomy of Facial and Cochlear Nerves

Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) patients have greatly benefited from technical advances in neurosurgery. In fact, the evolution of acoustic neuroma surgery is a microcosm...

Trends in Mortality, Incidence, Hospitalisation, Cardiac Procedures and Outcomes of Care for Coronary Heart Disease in Singapore, 1991-1996

In line with trends in many high-income countries, Singapore has experienced some declines in mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD) since the 1980s. Whether...

A Preliminary Study of the Immunohistochemical Detection of a Novel Tumour Marker, 22-1-1 Antigen, in Gynaecological Cancer Specimens

Monoclonal antibodies expressed against specific tumour cells can play a useful role in the study and management of such cancers. Such antibodies have been...

Hospitalised Low-risk Community-acquired Pneumonia: Outcome and Potential for Cost-savings

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common illness with nearly 4 million adults diagnosed each year in USA with more than 600,000 hospita1isations. The associated...

Long-term Outcome and Disease Control in Near-fatal Asthma

Rising trends in mortality in asthma have been reported from many countries, including Asian countries such as Hong Kong. Asthma deaths have been associated...

Perceived Need for Community Geriatric Services: A Survey at a Regional Hospital in Singapore in an Inpatient Setting

Singapore has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the wor1d. The number of the very aged (>75 years old) has already increased...

Swallowing Impairment and Feeding Dependency in the Hospitalised Elderly

Loss of ability to feed independently and swallowing impairment are common problems in the elderly and will be an increasing cause of disability as...

Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography: Value of Using the Half-Fourier Acquisition Single-Shot Turbo Spin-Echo (HASTE) Sequence

Direct cholangiopancreatography has long been considered the standard of reference for assessment of the biliary tree and is generally safe, reliable and widely available....

Young Investigator’s Award: Induction of Apoptosis Following Traumatic Head Injury in Humans

The outlook for sufferers of severe head trauma is extremely poor. Some 20% of patients died before significant treatment can be administered, and nearly...

8th Seah Cheng Siang Memorial Lecture: New Antithrombotic Agents

The tremendous interest in finding new anti-aggregating agents stems from the preeminent role that platelets play, not only in haemostasis and thrombosis, but also...

3rd Yahya Cohen Lecture: The Role of the Myofibroblast-Like Cell in Hepatocellular Carcinoma—Host Defence?

It is indeed a great honour for me to be named the third Yahya Cohen lecturer and I would like to express my deepest...

9th Chapter of Surgeons’ Lecture: The Orthopaedic Surgeon: Historical Perspective, Ethical Considerations and the Future

The legacy of caring and humanitarianism has been the mission of the medical profession since the founding of Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles in...

1998 Distinguished Academician Lecture: Hepatic Resection— A Western Perspective

Although debridement of portions of liver that prolapsed through war wounds was recorded from distant times, attempts at resection of a solid liver tumour...

1998 Runme Shaw Memorial Lecture: Somatic Evolution of Cancer

The interpretation of cancer as a somatic evolutionary process involving genetic mutation followed by selection, goes back to the early years of this century....

14th Gordon Arthur Ransome Oration: Continuity and Change

Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Datuk Dr Yeoh Poh Hong, Dr Chee Yam Cheng, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honoured...

Is the Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine Relevant in an Age of Specialisation?

This 32nd annual Singapore-Malaysia Congress (SMC) of Medicine continued the traditional medical link of the two Academies of Medicine of Singapore and Malaysia, with...

The Future of Medicine from the Standpoint of the Practising Paediatrician

From the time of recorded history of medicine, the doctor whether he be the ancient healer or the modern medical practitioner, the doctor had...

Acute Mercury Vapour Poisoning in a Shipyard Worker—A Case Report

Despite improvements in industrial working conditions, mercury remains second only to lead as a cause of heavy metal poisoning. Cases of poisoning by inhaled...

Hepatopulmonary Syndrome: A Rare Complication of Chronic Liver Disease in Children

Children with chronic liver disorders may present with dysfunction of other organ systems. Encephalopathy, gastrointestinal bleeding, failure to thrive and impaired renal function are...

Radial Nerve Injury after Intravenous Cannulation at the Wrist—A Case Report

A 44-year-old male, right-handed and ASA 1 bus driver presented for elective mastoidectomy under general anaesthesia. Preoperative venous cannulation with a 20G cannula (Angiocath™)...

Case Report: Percutaneous Balloon Dilatation and Ureteral Stenting for Tuberculous Renal Infundibular and Ureteral Strictures

The management of the non-functional tuberculous kidney is controversial and ranges from surgical intervention to conservative treatment. Intra-renal scarring with stricture formation is common...

Extensor Pollicis Longus Paralysis Following Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy

A 24-year-old man was referred for hyperhidrosis of more than 15 years duration. It affected both hands, feet and axilla. This article is available only...

Under-diagnosed Psychiatric Syndrome I: Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a chronic psychiatric condition characterised by uncontrollable, self-inflicted, hair pulling, resulting in noticeable hair loss. First described by Hallopeau a century...

Current Therapeutic Strategies in Glomerulonephritis

Twenty years ago, the therapy of glomerulonephritis (GN) was relatively simple as it was believed that treatment with prednisolone should be confined to patients...

Prognostic Factors in Endometrial Carcinoma

In the United States of America, endometrial carcinoma is the most common cancer of the female genital tract and has an annual incidence of...

Factors Affecting Success in an Embryo Cryopreservation Programme

The first pregnancy resulting from the thaw and transfer of cryopreserved pre-embryos was reported in 1983 by Trounson and his team, in Melbourne, Australia....

Continuous Infusion 5-fluorouracil as Salvage Chemotherapy in Patients with Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Studies have shown beyond doubt that chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer prolongs survival, impedes progression and stabilises disease. Compared with supportive care alone, it...

Activated Protein C Resistance: A Study Among 60 Thromboembolic Patients in the Singapore Population

In 1993, Dahlback and colleagues described a new hereditary thrombophilia state-activated protein C resistance (AK-R). Further studies showed this to be the commonest genetic...

Use of Ligase Chain Reaction and Polymerase Chain Reaction on Urine Specimens to Detect Chlamydia trachomatis Infections in a Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic in Singapore

Infections caused by Chlamydia trachomatis are amongst the most common bacterial sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the world, causing substantial morbidity in young sexually-active...

Current Indications for Open Stone Surgery in Singapore

The treatment of urinary calculi has changed tremendously since the introduction of extra corporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous nephrostolithotomy (PCNL), and ureteroscopy over the...

Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Anastomosis

Children with complex congenital heart disease and a functional single ventricle may not be ideal candidates for a Fontan procedure. A staged approach to...

A Study of Joint Mobility in a Normal Population

Joint mobility varies between individuals and factors such as age, sex, race and heredity influence the range of motion of a joint. Excessive mobility...

Delayed Amputation in Lower Limb Trauma: An Analysis of Factors Leading to Delayed Amputation

The decision whether to amputate or to attempt a limb salvage procedure in a mangled extremity is a difficult one. Numerous protocols have been...

Preliminary Results of Heart-beating and Non-heart-beating Donor Kidney Transplants—The Singapore Experience

End stage renal failure (ESRF) is the most common end stage organ disease treated with transplantation in Singapore. Though renal transplantation is the preferred...

Hyperlipidaemia during Normal Pregnancy, Parturition and Lactation

Increase in the plasma lipid fractions in normal pregnancy have been described but irregularity of sampling, difference in materials studied (whole blood, serum, and...

Ethnicity, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Ischaemic Heart Disease

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition whereby there is snoring associated with complete or partial cessation of breathing during sleep, associated with nocturnal...

A Study to Assess the Effect of Dietary Supplementation with Soluble Fibre (Minolest®) on Lipid Levels in Normal Subjects with Hypercholesterolaemia

Hypercholesterolaemia is one of the major risk factors in the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). In recent years, many non-prescription treatments have become...

Rapid Mycobacterial Tuberculosis Detection in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples by Polymerase Chain Reaction in Patients with Upper Lobe Infiltrates and Bronchiectasis

Pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB), the incidence of which is rising, poses a major health problem. It is caused by <i>Mycobacterium tuberculosis</i>. The isolation of <i>Mycobacterium...

Extent and Appropriateness of Emergency Department Services Usage by Foreign Workers in Singapore

Singapore employs more than 350,000 foreign workers currently. With this influx of foreign workers into our city-state which has limited land and resources, it...

Retinopathy of Prematurity in Very Low Birth Weight Infants

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which could lead to visual impairment and blindness, is a recognised serious morbidity amongst surviving premature infants. The inverse relationship...

Standard Oesophageal Manometry in Healthy Adults in Singapore

Although standard oesophageal manometry has been widely used in the West for many years, normal manometric values that have been well described for healthy...

Drowning and Near-drowning—Some Lessons Learnt

Drowning is defined as suffocation from submersion in a liquid with death within the first twenty-four hours. Near-drowning implies that recovery has occurred, at...

Dissemination of Respiratory Secretions During Tracheal Tube Suctioning in an Intensive Care Unit

Tracheal tube suctioning is frequently performed in critically ill patients. This procedure often results in dissemination of droplets from the patient’s respiratory tract with...

Role of Ultrasonography in Screening for Urological Malignancies in Patients Presenting With Painless Haematuria

Haematuria of any degree should never be ignored and, in adults, it should be regarded as a symptom of urological malignancy until proven otherwise....

Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Angiography in Patients with Hemifacial Spasm

Hemifacial spasm (HFS), characterized by intermittent twitching of muscles supplied by one facial nerve is commonly due to compression of the facial nerve by...

The Aftermath of the George Lundberg Affair: Comments on Editorial Independence and the Relationships between Editors and Appointing Bodies

Two months have elapsed since the controversial sacking of George D. Lundberg, the highly esteemed editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association...

Responsibilities of an Editor?

For most societies/institutions, this is an honour that is bestowed upon a member of that organisation upon retirement of the incumbent editor, or it...

A Practical Technique of Colour Image Analysis: Applications in Experimental Research

Colour image analysers have been extensively used in medical research since 1970 for histomorphometric studies. Image analysis gives more information and a better understanding...

Tissue Microangiography Using a Simplified Barium Sulphate Cadaver Injection Technique

The understanding of blood supply is the cornerstone of successful tissue transfer in reconstructive surgery. This understanding has been derived largely from cadaveric dissections,...

Effect of Antiangiogenic Agents on Experimental Animal Models of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Metastatic spread is the principal reason of treatment failure in solid tumours. Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy have not manifestly altered the prognosis for...

Gut Barrier Dysfunction in Experimental Acute Pancreatitis

Bacterial infections are devastating and potentially lethal complications of acute pancreatitis, responsible for up to 80% of deaths in the condition. Pathogenetic studies of...

Experimental Models of Pancreatitis

From a historical perspective, the first experimental pancreatitis was induced by Claude Bernard in 1856 by the injection of bile and olive oil into...

Immunological Consequences of Trauma and Shock

Despite intensive research and intervention, trauma continues to be the leading cause of death during the first three decades of life in the USA,...

Murine Metastatic Tumour Models for Cancer Gene Therapy Research

In the evaluation of any new cancer treatment, the use of appropriate experimental animal tumour models to bridge the gap between in vitro discovery...

Experimental Models of Hepatic Fibrosis in the Rat

Hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver are complex diseases which, in man, may be caused by such varied factors as alcohol, hepatitis, schistosomiasis,...

Development of the Human Intrahepatic Biliary System

The development of the human biliary system has been studied extensively. This knowledge is essential to the understanding of the pathogenesis of a spectrum...

Regulation of Insulin Secretion by Nerves and Neuropeptides

The pancreatic islets of Langerhans were described by Paul Langerhans in 1869. They are distributed throughout the entire pancreas forming in adults approximately 1%...

An Animal Model for the Study of Hepatic Stellate Cell and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Interaction

Hepatic stellate cells (HSC) are mesenchymal cells that are prominent in various forms of liver injury, in particular with cirrhosis or carbon tetrachloride-induced fibrosis....

Establishment of Animal Models Using Experimental Rats for Allogeneic Tissue Transplantation and Quantitative Flow Cytometric Detection of Immunochimera

Allogeneic tissue and organ transplantation has long been an important medical issue, as it provides an effective treatment alternative for a broad spectrum of...

Experimental Study of Hypovolaemic Shock-Induced Gastric Mucosal Lesions in the Rat

Hypoxic tissue injury is not only caused by lack of oxygen as was previously believed. Now it is clear that tissue injury associated with...

The Role of Mast Cell Degranulation in Ischaemia-reperfusion-induced Mucosal Injury in the Small Intestine

Although a number of data support the notion that mast cell (MC) degranulation Is an important component of the tissue response elicited by ischaemia-reperfusion,...

Efficacy of Contraction Uncoupling by 2,3-Butanedione Monoxime during Initial Reperfusion versus Cardioplegic Arrest for Protection of Isolated Hearts

Despite the recent developments of minimally invasive surgery, most cardiac surgery procedures still include ischaemic cardioplegic arrest and cardiopulmonary bypass. For decades the efforts...

Synergistic Effect of Hepatitis B Virus and Aflatoxin B1 in Hepatocarcinogenesis in Tree Shrews

Primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the commonest cancers in some parts of the world including several areas in China. The geographically distinct...

The Expression of Insulin-like Growth Factor II, Hepatitis B Virus X Antigen and p21 in Experimental Hepatocarcinogenesis in Tree Shrews

Hepatocarcinogenesis is a multistage and multifunctional process. Epidemiological studies indicate that contamination of food with aflatoxin B, (AFB,) and chronic infection with hepatitis B...

Nitric Oxide Synthase-Its Distribution and Alteration in the Intramural Ganglia of the Urinary Bladder in Normal and Urethra-obstructed Guinea Pigs

Nitric oxide (NO) has been recognised as a nonadrenergic noncholinergic (NANC) inhibitory neurotransmitter at various sites in the nervous system. Its function as a...

Radionuclide Studies of Articular Cartilage in the Early Diagnosis of Arthritis in the Rabbit

Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease that involves destruction of articular cartilage. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a sensitive imaging modality for the diagnosis...

The Effect of Storage at -70°C and -150°C on the Torsion Properties of the Canine Femur

Allograft transplantation of bone has been established as a viable and useful reconstructive procedure when limb salvage is the option of choice. For bone...

Direct Mucosal Targeting of Colonic Receptors by Prokinetic Drugs in an Experimental Model

The direct intraluminal (IL) administration of drugs into the intestine may have an important regional action and therefore clinical implications in the effective management...

The Viability of Liver Graft for Transplantation After Prolonged Warm Ischaemia

Liver transplantation (LTx) is the treatment of choice for many patients with end stage liver disease. However liver allograft availability prevents its widespread application. This...

Use of Titanium Prosthesis to Bridge a Vertebral Gap in the Spine—A Preliminary Experimental Study

Bridging a vertebral gap in the spine is one of the commonest problems facing the spine surgeon after dealing with a tumour, infection or...

A Simple Method of Blood Pressure Measurement in the Pig Using a Neonatal Cuff

Blood pressure is an important parameter commonly measured in experimental studies using animal models. Various non-invasive techniques to monitor blood pressure have been described...

The Results of Autogenous Tibial Periosteal Transplants for Full Thickness Cartilage Defects in the Knee Joints of Pigs

Articular cartilage injuries to the knee are commonly seen by team doctors, sports physicians and orthopaedic surgeons. Despite many clinical as well as experimental...

Microvascular Lung Tissue Oxygenation—A Methodological Study in the Pig

Although the lung is mostly referred to as a respiratory organ it also exhibits a variety of metabolic functions, e.g. uptake, storage and/or synthesis...

The Philosophical Basis of the Experimental Method

The application of the experimental approach to Science and Medicine has its roots in the 16th century. William Harvey (1578-1657), who demonstrated the passage...

Board of Reviewers

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Professor Navaratnam Balachandran (1928-2000)

We are gathered here this evening to bid final farewell to a good and great man. To us gathered here, he is a dear...

Echocardiographic Features and Management of Neonatal Ductal Aneurysm

Previously thought to be a rare condition, aneurysms of the ductus arteriosus have been increasingly reported in the medical literature over the past few...

An Unusual Tumour Metastasis to the Cervix

A 55-year-old Chinese lady had a left mastectomy in April 1995 for an invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. Axillary lymph node metastases were...

Perioperative Wheezing—A Report of Three Cases

Perioperative “wheezing” can be due to upper or lower airway obstruction. The signs and sounds of upper airway obstruction are typically worse during inspiration,...

Retroperitoneal Castleman’s Disease in the Perinephric Space—Imaging Appearance: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature

Castleman’s disease (CD) was first proposed by Castleman in 1954. It is usually found in the mediastinum, but other sites have been described. This article...

A Case Report: Persistent Acantholytic Dermatosis in Chronic Renal Failure

A 70-year-old Chinese man with end-stage renal failure (ESRF), who has been on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis for 6 months, was referred by the...

Beneficial Effect of Combination Therapy with Ozagrel and Pranlukast in Exercise-induced Asthma Demonstrated by Krypton-81m Ventilation Scintigraphy—A Case Report

Exercise is a common stimulus of bronchoconstriction in subjects with asthma. Exercise-induced asthma is a temporary increase in airway resistance that occurs after several...

The Use of the Laryngeal Mask Airway in Post-Tonsillectomy Haemorrhage—A Case Report

A 53-year-old man with a history of hypertension and asymptomatic Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome was admitted to the hospital for an elective uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, tonsillectomy and bilateral...

Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumour of the Chest Wall—A Report of Two Cases and Review of Literature

Tumours of the chest wall are uncommon and are usually sarcomatous in nature. Primitive neuroectodermal tumours (PNETs) are rare and are thought to arise...

Squamous Cell Carcinoma arising in a Cutaneous Epidermal Cyst—A Case Report

Epidermal cysts are common benign subcutaneous lesions. Malignant transformation in epidermal cysts is a rare but recognised occurrence. This article is available only as a...

Otogenic Lateral Sinus Thrombosis—A Case Report

A 16-year-old boy, with a background history of beta-thalassaemia intermedia, splenectomy and hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism, was referred to our otolaryngological clinic for right otalgia following...

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes mellitus affects some 9% of Singaporeans. Studies had shown that virtually all insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (Type 1) and 85% of non-insulin dependent...

Cross-Sectional Study of Near-work and Myopia in Kindergarten Children in Singapore

Myopia is the commonest eye disease worldwide, and is especially prevalent in certain Asian countries such as Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. Physiologic myopia...

Minimally Invasive Repair of Atrial Septal Defects—A Case Series

Atrial septal defect (ASD) forms the commonest grown up congenital heart diseases seen in cardiac surgical practice. Repair of this has become so safe...

Initial Experience With an Autocapture Pacemaker System

The longevity of a pacemaker generator varies directly with the total deliverable amount of electrical charge (Q, in coulombs) and inversely with the rate...

Transurethral Alprostadil for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: Results of a Multicentre Trial

As the population is growing older and the society getting more affluent, people are aiming for a better quality of life. This has resulted...

Extended Resection of Locally Advanced (T4) Stomach Cancer

Cancer is the most common cause of death in Singapore. Although there is a gradual decline in incidence of stomach cancer over the years,...

Transaminitis in Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy

Raised aminotransferase levels, especially that of alanine transaminase (ALT), have been traditionally attributed to liver pathology rather than to muscle disorders. However, raised alanine...

Granuloma Annulare: A Review of 41 Cases at the National Skin Centre

Granuloma annulare (GA) is a benign, inflammatory disorder of the skin that has no proven aetiology or widely accepted theory of pathogenesis. There are...

Correlation of Baseline Quantitative Plasma Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) Type 1 RNA Viral Load with Clinical Status and CD4+ T-cell Counts in Treatment-Naïve HIV-Positive Patients in Singapore

Quantitative plasma human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) ribonucleic acid (RNA) viral load is used clinically as a predictor of progression of HIV-1 infection...

Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies (ANCAs) in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Show No Correlation with Proteinase 3, Lactoferrin, Myeloperoxidase, Elastase, Cathepsin G and Lysozyme: A Singapore Study

The diagnostic tests currently employed to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and to differentiate between Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are both...

Evaluation of Technetium-99m Ciprofloxacin (Infecton) in the Imaging of Infection

Over the past 10 years we have used various radiopharmaceuticals (RPCs) for imaging of inflammation and infection. These include gallium-67 citrate and the technetium-99m...

Epidemiology in the Post-Genomic Era

To the clinical specialists, epidemiology appears to be a hyphenated word associated with their clinical specialty: for example, cancer-epidemiology, cardiovascular-epidemiology, infectious disease-epidemiology and occupational-epidemiology....

A Case Report of Erythema Induratum of Bazin’s Disease

There are many dermatological manifestations of tuberculosis, ranging from distinct entities such as tuberculosis verrucosa cutis, lupus vulgaris, scrofuloderma, to tuberculides. The term tuberculide...

Hypoglycaemia from Islet Cell Hyperplasia and Nesidioblastosis in a Patient with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus—A Case Report

A 57-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for perforated left tubo-ovarian abscess and found to have newly diagnosed diabetes with an admission blood...

A Case of Mycobacterium scrofulaceum Osteomyelitis of the Right Wrist

Whilst infections caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis may be a common occurrence in this part of the world, those caused by atypical mycobacteria are rarely...

Case Report of Staphylococcus lugdunensis Native Valve Endocarditis and Review of the Literature

Coagulase-negative staphylococci cause 5% of native valve endocarditis. Of the 30 species identified currently, Staphylococcus epidermidis is a well-recognised cause of native valve endocarditis;...

Twenty-four hour, Non-invasive, Neonatal Chromosome Analysis—Application in a Case of Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis

Chromosome analysis in neonates requires venisection and this is sometimes both difficult and distressing. In addition, results can at best take 3 days but...

Laparoscopic Telesurgery Between the United States and Singapore

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication technologies to provide medical information and healthcare services. Early applications include medical use of the telephone and facsimile. This...

Psychological Trauma, Physical Health and Somatisation

Trauma does not respect persons or culture. While Singapore is fortunate to have been spared large-scale disaster and war for decades, it has nevertheless...

The Differential Diagnosis of Supraventricular Tachycardia Using Clinical and Electrocardiographic Features

Noninvasive evaluation of the mechanism of the arrhythmia is important in the management of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). It guides one in the choice of...

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Exercise intolerance is a hallmark of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although exertional symptoms may be mild at the outset, exercise limitation is the...

Medical Leave Granted to Psychiatric Inpatients—A One-year Retrospective Review

The Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH) has a 26-bedded inpatient unit. This study retrospectively examines the medical leave granted to all...

Laparoscopic Totally Extraperitoneal Inguinal Hernioplasty: An Audit of the Early Postoperative Results of 100 Consecutive Repairs

Inguinal hernia is one of the commonest surgical pathologies in the world. Laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal repair has been gaining popularity in recent years. This article...

Nanospheres of Biodegradable Polymers: A System for Clinical Administration of an Anticancer Drug Paclitaxel (Taxol®)

Paclitaxel (Taxol®) is a diterpenoid extracted from the bark of a rare, slow growing Pacific yew or Western yew tree (Taxus brevifolia). Its antitumour...

Pharmacogenetics: Role in Modifying Drug Dosage Regimens

Synder in 1932 wrote the first report on the Mendelian inheritance of the inability to taste phenylthiourea. Twenty-five years later, Arno Motulsky suggested hereditary...

Post-Release Drug Treatment Risks: Strategies to Minimise Harm to Patients

Physicians have long accepted unreliable evaluations of the risks attached to pharmacotherapy, i.e. treating our patients with drugs. The reasons for the uncritical attitude...

Clinical Drug Evaluation: The Regulatory Perspectives

Evaluating new drugs for marketing approval is a highly specialised and knowledge-intensive activity. This is especially so if the intention is to conduct quality,...

Meta-analyses of Clinical Drug Trials—Gold Standard Reviews or Statistical Alchemy?

Informal review and synthesis of scientific evidence has been practised for as long as experiments have been replicated. The idea of quantitatively combining the...

Megatrials of Drug Treatments: Strengths and Limitations

A “megatrial” is a very large randomised controlled clinical trial (RCT) recruiting many thousands of patients from many centres in order to assess the...

Clinical Drug Trials: Practical Problems of Phase III

There has been a rapid increase in clinical trial activity in Singapore and other parts of Asia. Randomised clinical trials are the “gold standard”...

Design of Phase I and II Clinical Trials in Oncology and Ethical Issues Involved

Drug development is costly and time-consuming in terms of economic, patient and research resources. An integrated effort involving academia, industry, and regulatory authorities is...

Clinical Drug Development—Practical Issues in Clinical Pharmacology Studies

Clinical pharmacology (CP) as a discipline comes in many guises. The perception for a medical student, and for many doctors, may be that of...

A Review of Software for Data Management, Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials

In clinical trials, subjects are usually entered one at a time, and their responses to treatment monitored sequentially. Regular monitoring of trial progress during...

Assessment of Patient Sociodemographic Variables in Clinical Trials—Can Patient Characteristics Make a Difference?

The pathway by which patients enter clinical trials can be a selective, non-random process. In order for patients to enter clinical trials, a set...

Estimation of Number of Subjects Required for Comparison of Drug versus Control in Adaptive Designs

Traditional designs for clinical trials make balanced (or 50-50) allocation of patients to treatments. This is done in the past to minimise the variance...

Randomisation: Magical Cure for Bias?

There is general consensus that randomised clinical trial (RCT) can provide the most valid conclusions about effects of different treatment as eligible patients are...

The Ethics of Placebo-Controlled Trials in Developing Countries to Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Placebo-trials on HIV-infected pregnant women in developing countries like Thailand and Uganda have provoked recent controversy. Such experiments aim to find a treatment that...

Evaluating Drugs from Cradle to Grave—Evolving Systems for a Complex Activity

Are medicines dangerous chemicals or life enhancing agents? The answer is ‘Both of those things, often at the same time, and worse in the...

Re: One-year Review of Pityriasis Rosea at the National Skin Centre, Singapore

I refer to a paper published in the Annals Vol. 28 No. 6 November 1999 titled “One-year review of pityriasis rosea at the National...

Address by the Master, Academy of Medicine, Singapore at the 2000 Annual Induction Dinner—Learn the Past, Ensure the Future

I am delighted to share this celebratory occasion with you. It is a time for congratulations all round not only to our new Fellows...

Response by the Representative of Inductees, Academy of Medicine, Singapore at the 2000 Annual Induction Ceremony—A Call to Patient Advocacy

I count myself fortunate to be allowed to join the ranks of the Academy. On behalf of my fellow inductees, may I extend a...

Address by the Master, Academy of Medicine, Singapore at the 2000 Annual Induction Ceremony—The EQ & IQ of Specialist Doctors

First, let me warmly welcome you to this pristine auditorium with its well preserved ceiling architectural details. Probably none of the new Fellows is...

8th SGH Lecture: Genomics, Talent and the Development of the Life Sciences Industry in Singapore

In a few months’ time, one of the most significant advances, possibly the most significant advance ever in the history of biology and medicine,...

Case Reports: The Use of Intermaxillary Screws to Achieve Intermaxillary Fixation in the Treatment of Mandibular Fractures

The mandible is a unique bone in the human skeleton and occupies a prominent position in the craniofacial region. Traumatic injury to the face,...

Pseudomembranous Tracheobronchitis Caused by Aspergillus in a Patient after Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation

Pseudomembranous tracheobronchitis caused by Aspergillus is a rare and lethal variant of invasive aspergillosis. It has been reported in a few series of immunocompromised...

Treatment of Chronic Urticaria with Thyroxine in an Euthyroid Patient with Thyroglobulin and Microsomal Antibodies

Chronic urticaria is defined as daily outbreaks of urticaria of at least 6 weeks duration. Despite being a common disorder, the cause of chronic...

Hard Metal Lung Disease—The First Case in Singapore

A 38-year-old Chinese man and lifetime non-smoker, who had previously been well, was referred for investigation of bilateral reticulonodular infiltrates noted on his chest...

A Case Report of the Use of Magnesium Sulphate during Anaesthesia in a Patient who had Adrenalectomy for Phaeochromocytoma

Phaeochromocytomas are catecholamine-secreting tumours of the chromaffin cells of the body derived from neural crest tissue. They may secrete both adrenaline and noradrenaline in...

Sandhoff Disease—A Case Report of 3 Siblings and a Review of Potential Therapies

Sandhoff disease is a rare inborn error of metabolism characterised by the absence of both β-hexosaminidase A and B, resulting in an accumulation of...

A Case Report on the Perinatal Management of a 30-week Preterm Baby with Congenital Complete Heart Block

The association between congenital complete heart block (CHB) and maternal autoimmune disorders has been described for many years. Maternal systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is...

Analytical Static Stress Analysis of First Cervical Vertebra (Atlas)

Fractures of the atlas comprise approximately 25% of all injuries to the atlanto-axial complex, 10% of all injuries of the cervical spine, and about...

Theory and Practice in Continuing Medical Education

A physician’s education in medical science represents a continuum of several interrelated phases. It starts with medical school, passes through brief housemanship year, and...

Perioperative Deaths: A Further Comparative Review of Coroner’s Autopsies with Particular Reference to the Occurrence of Fatal Iatrogenic Injury

Beginning in 1991, the Department of Forensic Medicine (DFM), which undertakes all Coroner’s casework locally, embarked on an on-going review of Coroner’s perioperative autopsies...

The Reliability and Validity of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-Cog) among the Elderly Chinese in Hong Kong

The Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS) is a 21-item scale designed to assess the severity of cognitive and non-cognitive impairment in patients with Alzheimer’s...

Mental Health Literacy in Singapore: A Comparative Survey of Psychiatrists and Primary Health Professionals

The management of mental health disorders within a nation requires a system of care extending from the primary health care setting to tertiary and...

The Correction of Oriental Lower Lid Involutional Entropion Using the Combined Procedure

Involutional entropion is a frequent cause of ocular irritation in the local elderly patients. The inturning of the lid margin and the eyelashes result...

Spectrum of Abnormal Mammographic Findings and Their Predictive Value for Malignancy in Singaporean Women from a Population Screening Trial

While screening mammography can detect early breast cancers, a significant proportion of asymptomatic women are subject to unnecessary workup and surgery when biopsies for...

Tracheoesophageal Puncture Outcomes and Predictors of Success in Laryngectomised Patients

Laryngectomised patients have been shown to have significant physical and psychosocial problems. These relate not only to respiratory symptoms but also psychological symptoms such...

Prophylactic Esmolol Infusion for the Control of Cardiovascular Responses to Extubation after Intracranial Surgery

Both intubation and extubation are processes associated with blood pressure and heart rate flux. While many studies have been carried out on the changes...

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Heart Transplant Candidates

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. This syndrome tends to run a chronic course with a wide...

Use of Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis in Total Knee Arthroplasty—A Study of its Efficacy in an Asian Population

The role of thromboprophylaxis in total knee replacement (TKR) remains controversial. In several reports, the incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been significant. This...

Long-Term Outcome of Aortofemoral Bypass for Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease

The management of aortoiliac occlusive disease has been evolving in the past few decades. Surgical options include aortofemoral bypass, endarterectomy, extraanatomical bypass and endovascular...

Deep Vein Thrombosis after Total Knee Replacement

Western literature reports a very high incidence of deep vein thrombosis in its population especially after orthopaedic surgery. In total knee replacement without prophylaxis,...

Cardiac Marker Point-of-care Testing: Evaluation of Rapid On-site Biochemical Marker Analysis for Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction

In the present era of revascularisation therapy, rapid and accurate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is important, as these patients may benefit from...

Orlistat (Xenical) in the Management of Obesity

The term “obesity” implies an excess of adipose tissue (fat) and excess adiposity is a health risk. In most cases it develops in the...

The Role of Cytokines and Cytokine Gene Polymorphism in T-cell Activation and Allograft Rejection

Cytokines are peptide molecules that are responsible for intercellular signalling during immune activation events. Cytokines are responsible, in large part, for the regulation of...

Hereditary Breast Cancer: A Brief Overview

Worldwide, breast cancer is the third most common form of cancer, after lung and stomach cancer, and it is the most common form among...

Pharmacogenetics: The Molecular Genetics of CYP2D6 Dependent Drug Metabolism

CYP2D6 is a cytochrome P450 isoenzyme that plays a role in the metabolism of a wide range of drugs, particularly cardiovascular and psychotropic agents....

Genetics of Male Infertility: Role of Androgen Receptor Mutations and Y-Microdeletions

Three to four per cent of men have severe defects in sperm production that result in infertility. Most of these men are healthy and...

The Molecular Pathogenesis of Obesity: An Unfinished Jigsaw Puzzle

Obesity is one of the most common health problems in Singapore with escalating prevalence, affecting about 6% of the Singapore population above 18 years...

Proteinuria and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Gene Polymorphism

Proteinuria is considered a marker of renal disease. Traditionally it has been thought that proteinuria is the result of diseased glomeruli. This article is available...

The Role of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in Understanding Complex Disorders and Pharmacogenomics

With the Human Genome Project well underway and targeted to be completed by 2001, the full set of nucleotide sequences of a reference human...

The Genetics of Spondyloarthropathies

The spondyloarthropathies (SpA) comprise a heterogenous group of conditions that include ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis/Reiter’s syndrome, arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel...

Genetics of Immunoglobulin A Nephropathy

Immunoglobulin (Ig) A nephropathy is the most common primary glomerulonephritis in various parts of the world, and it was detected in 25% of biopsy...

1990-2000: Progress in Determining High Blood Pressure Genes

Essential hypertension and its complications, coronary heart disease, stroke and renal failure are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in western societies.1 While the...

Minimal Change Nephrotic Syndrome—A Complex Genetic Disorder

Minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS) is the most common cause of childhood nephrotic syndrome. It is characterised by the presence of gross proteinuria, hypoalbuminaemia,...

Ethnic Differences in Genetic Susceptibility to Atopy and Asthma in Singapore

Twin studies have indicated that both asthma and atopy are largely regulated by genetic factors. However, the genetics is complex, involving an interaction of...

The Genetics of Primary Vesico-Ureteric Reflux

Vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR, OMIM #193000), the name given to reflux of urine from the bladder into the ureter and towards the kidney, is believed...

Update of Genetics in Colorectal Carcinomas: Genomic Instability and Somatic Evolution

The hypothesis that carcinogenesis occurs through stepwise accumulation of mutations1 has now been generally accepted. However, there is continual dispute over how carcinogenesis can...

The Current State of Multiple Sclerosis Genetic Research

It was Charcot (1868) who first made the formal pathological correlation between lesions in the central nervous system (CNS) and a disorder termed, ‘la...

Cladistic Analysis: Its Applications in Association Studies of Complex Diseases

An increasing number of diseases are now found to be associated with one or more gene loci. Recent advances in genome-wide scanning techniques have...

Identification of Genes for Schizophrenia Susceptibility

Schizophrenia, described as “the most human of all diseases,” affects about 0.5 % to 1% of the population and typically develops in the early...

Human Genetic Susceptibility to Tuberculosis

The World Health Organization has declared that the recent resurgence of tuberculosis (TB) is a global emergency. Southeast Asia, which is seeing the greatest...

Myopia: Gene-environment Interaction

Myopia affects up to 70% of adults in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. The prevalence rates in these Asian countries are higher than...

The Genetics of Human Epilepsies

Epilepsies are one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting about 3% of individuals at least once in a lifetime. It thus represents a...

Cardiovascular Disease: Genes and Public Health

The excitement surrounding the Human Genome Project and its impending completion has raised expectations of the possibilities for genetics in common disease. It is...

Dissecting Complex Genetic Diseases: Promises and Perils

Advances in molecular techniques and technology have unravelled many of the secrets of diseases caused by single gene defects. In particular, the race to...

In Memoriam: Professor Chao Tzee Cheng (1934-2000)

They say you should never add ice to Scottish malt whisky and that you should only add chilled mineral water. The water soothes the...

3rd Tan Tock Seng Hospital Oration: The Changing Fabric of Medicine—An Ethical and Social Revolution

The legacy of Tan Tock Seng Hospital began with the founding of the Pauper Hospital in Pearl’s Hill in 1844. This article is available only...

Management of Growth Arrest with Tissue-engineered Cells

Before I go on to the scientific aspects of my talk, I would like to pay tribute to Dr Yahya Cohen. Dr Cohen was...

Association or Agreement

Association and agreement between two factors are very different concepts, although the methods used to describe them appear similar. For example, the association between...

Transurethral Surgery and the Adductor Spasm

Bladder tumours frequently arise from the posterolateral wall of the bladder1 over the course of the obturator nerve. It is during transurethral resection of...

Subcutaneous Emphysema and Pneumomediastinum after Endotracheal Anaesthesia

Pneumomediastinum is a well-recognised clinical entity. It may present either intraoperatively or postoperatively from a number of possible causes. This article is available only as...

Candida Arthritis in a Premature Infant Treated Successfully with Oral Fluconazole for Six Months

Candida arthritis in premature infants is regarded as a rare condition. The largest published series of 8 cases from one institution was from Bombay,...

An Unusual Case of Cutaneous Vasculitis

A 49-year-old Chinese man presented at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital with painful gangrene of the right second and left third and fourth toes...

A Case Report of Aspergillus Hypersensitivity Syndrome with Obstructing Bronchial Aspergillosis

The spectrum of pulmonary aspergillosis includes saprophytic colonisation, hypersensitivity syndromes and invasive lung disease. There has been a tendency to classify these syndromes as...

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome—Report of Three Cases

Sleep-related breathing disorders are widely recognised as important causes of morbidity and mortality over the past 3 decades. The obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS)...

Screening for Hearing Impairment in Hospitalised Elderly

The prevalence of hearing impairment in the local elderly population is not known. Hearing loss prevalence estimates that 25% to 40% of individuals over...