The Department of Endocrinology, TNM
College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, was started in these institutions
on 17th June 1962. Dr. Smt S.M. Shahani was the pioneering spirit
behind this endeavor. She made a modest beginning by starting an outdoor clinic
and setting up a laboratory. In late 1962, the
department got a tremendous boost by the offer of a $ 1,25,000/- grant from the
Ford Foundation which allowed the purchase of sophisticated laboratory equipment.
Dr. M.S. Kenkre and Dr. S.K. Bhansali from the departments of Pharmacology and Surgery began the Thyroid OPD in 1967. The Nuclear Medicine Services supported the clinic with thyroid hormone assays, thyroid scans and uptakes, and radio ablation for hyperthyroidism.
Dr. Mrs. K.D. Nihalani was responsible for beginning the Diabetes Clinic in 1971. The Diabetes Clinic was a part of the Department of Medicine. Dr. S.D.Mehtalia (Hon Professor) and Dr. P. S. Menon were associated with the Clinic. The department had a Medical Nutrition Therapist and a Social Worker attached to it from its inception and is fully geared for appropriate follow-up for patients with all sorts of complications. In 1987, the Thyroid Clinic and the Diabetes Clinic were integrated with Endocrinology Department.
Since then the department has grown steadily and is today recognized both at the national and international levels.
Currently the department laboratory
offers specialized hormonal investigations with state-of-the-art
modern technology at nominal rates and has 2 DM Endocrinology training seats per year.
CLIA for Different Endocrine Hormones.
(FSH, LH, Prolactin, Cortisol, Testosterone, T3, T4, FT3, FT4, TSH, Anti TPO Antibodies, Vit.D, Insulin, C Peptide, PTH).
Biochemistry pertaining to Endocrinology & Diabetes
(Blood Glucose/OGTT, Glycated Haemoglobin, Urine pH Serum osmolality, and Urine Osmolality)
is responsible for patient care in the specialty of Endocrinology.
This comprises clinical evaluation of patients, specialized laboratory investigations, specialized treatment modalities, and long-term follow up which is extremely important in the branch. Referrals are made to this specialty from within the city and state and at times from other parts of India. The department has 30 beds for indoor patients where patients are admitted for diabetes management, pre/post-op care for surgical endocrine problems.
The department conducts the following OPDs :
Diabetes and Diabetes Foot OPD: The Diabetes Clinic runs OPDs on Monday and Thursday from 8.00 a.m. to 11.30 am. Patients are examined in detail.
Blood Glucose values are repeated every three months and dosages of drugs are adjusted according to these reports in well-compliant, well-adjusted patients. Less compliant or less well-adjusted patients are evaluated at frequent intervals. Patients are also evaluated for any specific problem they may have and are treated accordingly. Hba1c tests are done in the Endocrine laboratory at a very concessional rate. Special care is taken for patients with Type 1 diabetes and pregnant women with diabetes.
The department also manages all the patients suffering from diabetes and undergoing surgery in the hospital.
We have Podiatry Services wherein patients are evaluated for neuropathy using a Bioesthesiometer and Vascular insufficiency using a portable Doppler.
Preventive measures are recommended for patients with a high-risk foot in terms of off-loading, specialized footwear, etc.
We arrange for new technological measures like Self-Monitoring of Blood glucose, Continuous Glucose monitoring Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, and Insulin Infusion pumps for needy patients.
Thyroid and Obesity OPD: It is run on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is geared toward diagnosing and managing all thyroid disorders, be they Goiters, Nodules, Multinodular Goiters, Hypothyroidism, Thyrotoxicosis, or Malignancy. The Pathology Department by virtue of FNAC and Histopathology of Surgical Specimens also contributes to the workup of patients with thyroid disorders. Radio Isotope scanning for the thyroid gland and whole body scans on cases of suspected malignancy could be carried out in the Isotope Unit. Radio- Iodine Therapy can be administered in the Nuclear Medicine Department for patients with Thyrotoxicosis. We follow up on patients with thyroid malignancies in the Special Care Clinic. Patients with obesity are assessed and evaluated for complications and causes. They are then managed with a multidisciplinary approach with the help of dieticians and other relevant departments as per the complications.
ENDOCRINOLOGY CLINIC AND GROWTH CLINIC: Is run on Tuesdays and Saturdays every week. Endocrine OPD patients with hypothalamic-pituitary disorders, secondary hypertension, adrenal disease, reproductive disorders including hirsutism, parathyroid disorders, Metabolic Bone Disease, Obesity, Lipid Disorders, and genetic/chromosomal disorders are evaluated and managed.
The Puberty and Growth Clinic evaluate patients with short stature and pubertal disorders.
Patients' socioeconomic status is ascertained by the social worker, who helps patients by arranging for drugs or any other help which is needed. Eligible patients are also enrolled in the MJPJAY scheme for their evaluation and treatment.
: No.19, 4th Floor, College Building
: No 19, 4th Floor, College Building
: No.19, 1st Floor, OPD Building
Department & Laboratory