Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital, Kaushambi Ghaziabad, on Sunday, September 16, organised a one-day free arthritis and rheumatology consultation camp by senior Rheumatologist  of Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital, Dr. Sauvik Dasgupta, formerly at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Free consultation was provided to more than 100 patients who participated in the camp, Dr. Sauvik Dasgupta informed the patients, that rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases can be identified by a rheumatolgist with proper history taking and clinical examination supplemented with lab tests. Proper treatment advice, medicines, and other advanced methods can easily stop the progression of the disease. Dr. Sauvik has also said that rheumatic disease can be found in children too. Rheumatic diseases as such cannot be prevented but on early and proper institution of treatment, most of its complications can be prevented.
 In the camp, the patients mainly came with complaints of pain and swelling in various joints, prolonged stiffness in the morning, pain in the heel of foot, joint locks, formation of solid nodes near the affected joint. All patients were carefully examined and advice and treatment were given. On a positive note, Dr. Sauvik further advised that if patients start early treatment of arthritis and are taking regular medications with regular follow up with a rheumatologist, upto 40% of the patients having rheumatoid arthritis may be relieved of their medicines at some point of time in the long run.
 Nearly 25 patients had degenerative arthritis where there is destruction of synovium and articular cartilage of the joints with wear and tear. 56-year-old Mrs. Raj Kumari (name changed) told that she is not able to hold even a gas lighter due to illness. Mrs. Kamla (changed name) resident of Lumbini Kaushambi told that she has been suffering from Rehumatoid Arthritis for the last 15 years and she used to consult Dr. Sauvik Das Gupta for consultation at the All India Institute, New Delhi, and when she came to know that Dr. Sauvik is now available full time at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital, Kaushambi and is offering his services, she came to consult her.  Dr. Sauvik told that her that her rheumatoid arthritis had also involved her lungs and its called interstitial lung disease and needs further investigation. Although few patients came with reports of increased uric acid, Dr Sauvik insisted that all patients with increased uric acid donot develop arthritis and therefore donot require unnecessary treatment. Dr. P.N. Arora, Managing Director, Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital congratulated Dr. Sauvik and team on the successful completion of the Camp and appreciated their efforts to hold this Camp.


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