INDIA – Two groundbreaking specialized clinics, a dedicated Sarcoidosis Clinic and an ILD (Interstitial Lung Disease) Clinic, have been opened at Amrita Hospital, Kochi.

In a news release, Dr. Asmita Mehta, Professor and Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Amrita Hospital, Kochi, said: “The inauguration of two groundbreaking clinics focusing on respiratory conditions marks a significant milestone in healthcare.”

Dr. Asmita Mehta emphasized the integral role of the launch in reshaping healthcare delivery dynamics not only in the state of Kerala but also across India.

Commenting on the lung disease burden, Dr. Asmita Mehta said: “With ILD prevalence on the rise, managing these intricate respiratory conditions has become increasingly demanding in India.”

She further said that symptoms of ILD include shortness of breath and cough, with treatment depending on the specific ILD type, involving medications, oxygen therapy, or lung transplantation.

The groundbreaking specialized clinics are a testament to our commitment to providing specialized care, addressing a pressing need in the healthcare landscape, and enhancing patient outcomes,” underscored Dr. Asmita Mehta.

Taking this into account, the ILD Clinic will focus on treating this rare lung condition that often requires lung transplants, though still in its early stages in India, while the ‘Sarcoidosis Clinic’ will focus on a curable condition that if started swift treatment can be cured within a span of 2 years.

It is worth mentioning that ILD encompasses a group of lung disorders characterized by interstitial tissue inflammation and scarring, with causes ranging from environmental factors to autoimmune diseases.

Meanwhile, Sarcoidosis is a rare inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the lungs and lymph nodes caused by unknown factors and often involves corticosteroid treatment.

Consequently, the inauguration of the dedicated Sarcoidosis Clinic and the new ILD Clinic at Amrita Hospital, Kochi signifies a transformative leap forward in healthcare services in Kerala and adjacent states.

Commenting on this inauguration, Dr. Asmita Mehta stated: “It is a vital initiative designed to confront the escalating challenges posed by Sarcoidosis and/or ILD in the Indian landscape.”

The state-of-the-art clinics have been meticulously designed to cater to suspected or established intestinal diseases, pulmonology issues, and sarcoidosis.

In addition, the clinics bring together a dedicated team of multidisciplinary experts to provide holistic care and support to individuals diagnosed with Sarcoidosis or ILD.

Moreover, the formal inauguration ceremony of the new specialized clinics was held at this year’s BUILD Summit, in collaboration with the Indian Chest Society.

The BUILD Summit unfolded over two days, drawing renowned industry doctors and professors from India and around the globe, with the active participation of over 70 members.

The inaugural day commenced with an engaging hands-on workshop designed to offer participants an immersive learning experience, focusing on refining diagnostic approaches and sharpening treatment strategies for Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILDs).

As the summit progressed to its second day, it seamlessly transitioned into conference sessions dedicated to exploring various aspects of ILD management.

Eminent experts and pioneers in the field, predominantly from India, led discussions that delved into the latest advancements, emerging trends, and diverse perspectives related to ILDs.

During the BUILD Summit 2024, Athol Wells, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College, London, officially inaugurated the groundbreaking specialized clinics at Amrita Hospital, Kochi.

Underlining the clinics’ significance, Prof. Wells stated: “The launch of both these clinics broadens the scope of diagnosis and treatment, prioritizing a patient-centric approach to enhance the overall quality of life.”

Prof. Wells highlighted that Sarcoidosis and Interstitial Lung Disease are distinct respiratory conditions that necessitate thorough medical assessment for accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

As such, the opening of the two specialized clinics at Amrita Hospital, Kochi reflects the hospital’s efforts to address the growing challenges associated with respiratory conditions in South India.

Amrita Centre for Neuro Endoscopy launched

The announcement comes a few months after a new state-of-the-art Neuro Endoscopy Center at Amrita Hospital, Kochi was opened to the public in the Indian state of Kerala.

The Amrita Centre for Neuro Endoscopy has a special focus on patients suffering from neurological and neurosurgical conditions.

The new center is well-equipped to provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services, solidifying the hospital’s goal of becoming a leading source of these services.

Additionally, the center brings together a dedicated team of experts from various specialties, including skull base endoscopy, cranial endoscopy, spine endoscopy, robotic endoscopy, and pediatric endoscopy, to provide comprehensive care in the field of endoscopic neurosurgery.

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