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Kalmadi’s bail plea records neuro issues

At a time when LN Hospital has confirmed that sacked Commonwealth Games’ Organising Committee chairperson Suresh Kalmadi is grappling with brain degeneration,his own medical records which form part of his bail plea cites a history of neurological problems.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2011 1:01:52 am

At a time when LN Hospital has confirmed that sacked Commonwealth Games’ Organising Committee chairperson Suresh Kalmadi is grappling with brain degeneration,his own medical records which form part of his bail plea cites a history of neurological problems.

Kalmadi underwent an MRI scan recently at the hospital,where he was diagnosed with “Diffused cerebral atrophy with old ischemic changes in brain parenchyma with calcified granuloma in caudothalamic groove on left side (of his brain)”. Neurologists say this refers to degeneration in parts of the brain — the cause of which could only be established after clinical examination.

The Congress Member of Parliament has made a clear mention of this disorder in his bail application,that also cites two previous instances of stroke-in 2005 and 2010 and past radiological examination reports,which diagnosed brain tissue necrosis.

Paragraph 20 of the document states,“In October 2005,he suffered an episode of seizures/ strokes wherin he developed jerky movements,bleeding from the mouth and was unable to answer verbal commands,suggestive of a seizure. He was admitted to Escorts Heart Institute for further evaluation and stablisation.”

Citing the report of a CT scan of his brain,the plea states that Kalmadi,an MP from Pune,was diagnosed with “lacunar infarct in right basal ganglia and right high parietal region.” It says an infarct is an area of tissue death,due to an obstruction in blood supply.

In paragraph 21,the second brain stroke is reported to have occurred in April 2010,where Kalmadi was diagnosed with “cerebellar infarction”.

The MRI conducted subsequently concluded that he “suffered from a small foci of diffusion restriction suggestive of recent infarcts seen in left cerebellar hemispheres and mid brain with mild chronic ischemic changes in underlying brain.”

The application also states that he had a 30 per cent block in his carotid artery — a key artery that supplies blood to the head and neck region.

However,Tihar Jail Deputy Inspector General,R N Sharma,says no records of neurological problems had been submitted to the jail authorities when he was shifted in their judicial custody.

Sharma added that Kalmadi’s MRI reports would be taken to the neurology department at AIIMS after his reports are tabled before court on Wednesday.

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