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Dr. Arijit Nag - Hematologist, Kolkata

Dr. Arijit Nag

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MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology

Hematologist, Kolkata

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Dr. Arijit Nag 89% (191 ratings) MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Ha... Hematologist, Kolkata
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My area of interest is Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Stem Cell Transplant (BMT). I believe in health care that is based on a personal commitment to meet patient needs with compassion a......more
My area of interest is Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Stem Cell Transplant (BMT). I believe in health care that is based on a personal commitment to meet patient needs with compassion and care. Hematology and Oncology are evolving fields and it needs new ideas and incorporation of new medicines that are coming through. I believe in incorporating the latest knowledge and delivering cost-effective solutions to hematological problems and cancer.
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I am a Consultant Hematologist, Hemato-Oncologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician. I currently practice in Kolkata. I am passionate about the science and art of medicine. I would also like to provide consultations regarding Internal Medicine as I am a qualified Internist as well a Hematologist. Regards, Dr. Arijit Nag MBBS, MD(Internal Medicine), MRCP(UK), DM (Clinical Hematology)

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Education
MBBS - NRS Medical College & Hospital - 2010
MD - Internal Medicine - IPGME&R, Kolkata - 2014
MRCP (UK) - Royal College of Physicians, UK - 2017
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DM - Clinical Haematology - IHTM, Kolkata - 2017
Past Experience
Senior Resident at IHTM, Medical College & Hospital Kolkata
Junior Consultant at IHTM, Medical College & Hospital Kolkata
Consultant Hematologist at AMRI Hospitals Dhakuria
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Consultant Physician & Hematologist at Zenith Superspecialist Hospital
Languages spoken
English
Hindi
W-Bengali
Awards and Recognitions
Best-Case Presentation Award In CML Workshop In TMC, Kolkata
Runner?s Up In Best Poster Presentation In Haematocon 2016
Gold Medallist (Topper) In University Examinations Towards The Awarding of DM (Clinical Hematology)
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Winners of Haematology Quiz In The 2nd YHOP Meet At SGPGI, Lucknow
Kunja Kususm Scholarship For The Second Highest Marks In Final MBBS Examination 2008
Kunja Kusum Scholarship For The Highest Marks In 1st MBBBS Examination
Winner of API Quiz 2012 (API)
Winner of The State & Zonal Hematology Quiz, 2013 (ISHBT)
Clinical Preceptorship In Leukemia, 2017, ICMLF, In MD Anderson Cancer Center Under Prof. J Cortes
Prof. A.K. Nandy Prize For The Second Highest Marks In Medicine
Professional Memberships
Indian Society For Hematology & Blood Transfusion
American Society of Haematology (ASH)
International Society For Thrombosis & Hemostasis
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Royal College of Physicians, UK
European Society of Hematology

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Anemia - Facts You Must Be Aware Of!

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Anemia - Facts You Must Be Aware Of!

Anemia is a condition where the red blood cell count is reduced due to deficiencies within the system. This is usually caused by a lack of iron, folate and other related nutrients in the diet. Anemia is a major public health concern in India as over 50 percent of women are known to be anemic. This pushes up the mortality rate of young mothers and even children.

Some symptoms of Iron deficiency anemia
Anemia has a wide range of symptoms which varies from person to person. However there are some generic symptoms which can be noticed in most people. Some of these are
1. Pale appearance of skin - Many people exhibit this symptom where their skin appears to be pale as there is a reduced amount of oxy - hemoglobin in the skin.
2. Physical weakness, light headedness and fatigue - This is a general symptom, which many tend to suffer from and complain about. Fatigue and weakness may come in very quickly even with the slightest effort.
3. Hair loss - Many women may complain about hair loss due to Iron deficiency  anemia.

Some other symptoms are -
a. Breathlessness
b. Constipation
c. Missed or irregular periods

d. Numbness or burning sensations
e. Depression
f. Tinnitus among others

Causes of Iron deficiency anemia
The primary cause of Iron deficiency anemia is the lack of iron in the diet which causes the hemoglobin in the blood to be reduced. Some of the patients may still have Iron deficiencyanemia as they have developed gastrointestinal disorders which prevents the absorption of nutrients like iron within the body.

How to treat Iron deficiency anemia

Diet related anemia can be easily cured or controlled with changing diets. Inclusion of certain foods within the diet can easily reverse the Iron deficiencies. Some of the food items that help with deficiencies are:
1. Fortified cereals
2. Green dark leafy vegetables
3. Poultry items
4. Eggs
5. Meat
You may also require certain iron supplements if you have certain underlying conditions which is causing issues with iron absorption.

How to prevent Iron deficiency anemia

It is important, especially for women to go for regular checkups to your doctor and also a hemoglobin check up. Your doctor or dietician can tell you to include certain foods in your diet that include folate, iron and vitamin B 12 so that the level of hemoglobin in your blood can be maintained at healthy levels.

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Low Platelet Count - 4 Ways You Can Improve It!

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Low Platelet Count - 4 Ways You Can Improve It!

Haematology is a science, which studies the functioning of blood, blood producing organs and blood related diseases. Previously people are not aware of the functioning of Haematology and its effectiveness. But as more and more research is beign conducted on this health care science the modern world is introduced with this amazing stream of medical science.

Haematology can study and provide best curing measures for many severe diseases and one of the diseases, which are considered as the most dangerous is Thrombocytopenia. This is the condition in which the blood cell fragments known as platelets reduce. Difficulty faced by the body to clot the blood and stop the bleeding is a major symptom and when the platelet count reduces too much then mild to severe bleeding happens. Bleeding can be inside the body, on the surface of the body or underneath the skin as well.

How to control it?
The individuals suffering from lack of platelet count or Thrombocytopenia are advised some preventive measures to maintain the conditions from becoming severe.

  1. People should avoid the medicine that they know had decreased the platelet in the past.
  2. They should avoid alcohol consumption which slows down the production of platelets.
  3. Avoid contact with toxic chemicals like arsenic, pesticides or benzene as they can slow down the production of platelets.
  4. Be aware of the substances or medicines that may affect the counts of platelets or increases the risk of bleeding.

Haematology is very helpful for doctors to know the hidden causes of blood related diseases. To cure the low platelet count many effective medicines are available in the various health care systems. There are many Haematology experts who are accomplished with their expertise in treating people. Patients of blood cancer should see the best doctor and get the best remedies to live a happy and pain free life. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Iron Deficiency - What Are The Possible Signs And Symptoms?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Iron Deficiency - What Are The Possible Signs And Symptoms?

Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia, which occurs due to deficiency of iron. Iron is the main component of hemoglobin. So, a decrease in the hemoglobin level results in iron deficiency anemia.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Signs and symptoms appear when anemia is moderate to severe. In the mild stage, iron deficiency anemia often goes unnoticed. The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are:

  1. Extreme fatigue (weakness)
  2. Pale skin and brittle nails
  3. Reduced  appetite
  4. Headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  5. Cold hands and feet with tingling numbness
  6. Chest pain, palpitations, or shortness of breath
  7. Inflammation or soreness of the tongue
  8. Unusual cravings for indigestible substances, such as ice, dirt, or starch. 

What are the Causes of Iron Deficiency Anemia? 

  1. Inadequate iron intake: Your body gets iron from the food you eat. If you consume too little iron, then your body may become iron deficient. Hence, resulting in anemia.
  2. Inability to absorb iron: Iron is absorbed into your bloodstream from the food in your small intestine. In conditions like an intestinal disorder, this absorption of iron is hampered which results in iron deficiency anemia. Also, when your small intestine is bypassed or removed surgically, absorption of iron is hampered.
  3. Blood loss: Red blood cells in your blood contain iron, and if the blood loss is severe, you can end up having iron deficiency. Conditions, such as bleeding hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer, and heavy menstruation can result in iron deficiency anemia.
  4. Pregnancy and lactation: During pregnancy and lactation period, the iron requirement of the mother is more, and when it is unfulfilled, she may end up having iron deficiency anemia.

Which Group is at Risk?

  1. Vegetarians
  2. Women
  3. Infants and children 
  4. Frequent blood donors

How is it Diagnosed?

Diagnosis is made with the help of: 

  • Patient’s history   
  • Blood tests, such as CBC and serum ferritin
  • Some additional tests, such as colonoscopy, endoscopy, and sonography to diagnose the underlying cause

Treatment

Treating the underlying cause is the primary step.

  1. Severe cases: When the iron level is too low, blood transfusion and even intravenous iron is given
  2. Mild to Moderate Cases: Iron and vitamin C supplements are given in mild and moderate cases of iron deficiency anemia.

Can you Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Yes. You can prevent iron deficiency anemia by including iron-rich foods in your diet, such as:

  1. Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, peas, and beans
  2. Dry fruits, such as raisins and apricots
  3. Red meat, pork and poultry, and seafoodIron-fortified ceconsult an expertreals, bread, and pasta
  4. Include vitamin C-rich foods in your diet to enhance iron absorption. Vitamin C is found in Grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, lemons, and melonsLeafy greens, broccoli, peppers, and tomatoes

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Anemia - How Can It Affect You?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Anemia - How Can It Affect You?

Anemia (or anaemia) is a medical condition which generally occurs in a human body because of the lack of required healthy red blood cells (RBCs) or hemoglobin in the blood. Diagnosis of anemia is done through a blood test, a man is anemic when his hemoglobin level is less than 13.5 gram/100 ml and a woman is anemic when her hemoglobin level is less than 12.0 gram/100 ml.

Risk factors: People suffering from long-term or chronic diseases such as cancer are more susceptible of developing anemia. Hemoglobin is the salient constituent of red blood cells and is an iron rich protein. It provides the red color to the blood and binds oxygen. Red blood cells carry this oxygen to all the vital tissues and organs of the body. Due to lack of appropriate amount of red blood cells, the amount of blood required in a body to function normally is also low. One of the most prominent causes of occurrence of anemia is the deficiency of required amount of nutritional iron, vitamin B-12, and folate in the body. This iron is needed for the formation of hemoglobin. Apart from these causes, the other causes of anemia comprise of the following:

  • Loss of blood
  • Insufficient production of red blood cells (inadequate intake of iron, vitamin B-12)
  • Fast rate of destruction of red blood cells (disorders of liver and hemorrhage)

Diagnosis: It is relatively easy to detect an anemic person. The symptoms of anemia include pale appearance, complaint of cold, giddiness, unsteadiness, laziness, particularly when the person is in action or is standing up. Sometimes people suffering from anemia crave for eating clay, ice, or even dirt. Also, there are complains of exhaustion along with issues of constipation and concentration. Other indications of anemia are brittle nails, gasps for breath even in mild activities, and pain in the chest. Since the level of oxygen in the blood is low, there could be even scope of a heart attack.

A person suffering from anemia is usually diagnosed on the basis of a complete blood count. The blood test brings out if serum folate levels are quite low. In case the anemia is severe, sometimes doctors take the help of erythropoietin injections so as to foster the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. In case there is bleeding or if the level of hemoglobin is low, it might become essential to carry out blood transfusion.

Treatment: Anemia is straightforward to diagnose and treat, but at the same time could prove to be deadly if it is left undiagnosed. Proper heed should be paid to the intake of adequate and required food which is rich in vitamins and minerals, dietary iron, folic acid, including other vitamins and minerals.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Blood Cancer - Possible Signs Of It!

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Blood Cancer - Possible Signs Of It!

Cancer is the most dangerous and harmful disease of the world, which has various reasons to affect the body in any stage of life. This is also the good thing to know that there are a lot of treatments available in the medicine arena which can completely or partially treat cancer. But the individual and the family members of them need to be confident enough with the treatment and expertise of the doctor. Blood Cancer is a life taking disease and the treatment for it is must. The medicines should be start recovery from any age of the sufferer and stage of the disease. The treatment will have some side effects and fast to react to symptoms and should be affordable as well.

General symptoms
As said before that the symptoms of different types of the cancer vary but some general symptoms are there which are found in most of the cancer patients.

  1. Pain
  2. Sudden weight loss
  3. Fever
  4. Fatigue
  5. Sudden changes in skin
  6. Unusual bleeding

Haematology is less known, but a very important branch of medical science. This branch is concerned with the study of blood, blood diseases and the blood-forming organs as well. Treatment based on the Haematology for blood cancer can be quite successful as compared to general remedies. The modern Haematology made cancer easy to cure, comfortable and side effect less. This cost effective method of cancer cure give relief in lesser time and assures the improved quality of life as well. That is the reason that people around the world trust on treatment based upon Haematology because the treatment has all the basic qualities that made it the best cure for cancer.

 

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Thalassemia - How This Can Be Diagnosed?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Thalassemia - How This Can Be Diagnosed?

Thalassemia is a genetic (i.e., passed from parents to children through genes) blood disorder. People with Thalassemia disease are not able to make enough hemoglobin, which causes severe anemia. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and carries oxygen to all parts of the body. When there is not enough hemoglobin in the red blood cells, oxygen cannot get to all parts of the body. Organs then become starved for oxygen and are unable to function properly.

There are two types of Thalassemia disease

  1. Alpha Thalassemia disease: There are two main types of Alpha Thalassemia disease. Alpha Thalassemia Major is a very serious disease in which severe anemia begins even before birth. Pregnant women carrying affected fetuses are themselves at risk for serious pregnancy and delivery complications. Another type of Alpha Thalassemia is Hemoglobin H disease. There are varying degrees of Hemoglobin H disease.
  2. Beta Thalassemia disease: Beta Thalassemia Major (also called Cooley's Anemia) is a serious illness. Symptoms appear in the first two years of life and include paleness of the skin, poor appetite, irritability, and failure to grow. Proper treatment includes routine blood transfusions and other therapies.

Causes of Thalassemia-

Thalassemia occurs when there’s an abnormality or mutation in one of the genes involved in hemoglobin production. You inherit this genetic defect from your parents.

If only one of the parents is a carrier for thalassemia, the child may develop a form of the disease known as thalassemia minor. If this occurs, the born child probably won’t have symptoms, but he/she will be a carrier of the disease. Some people with thalassemia minor do develop minor symptoms.

If both of your parents are carriers of thalassemia, you have a greater chance of inheriting a more serious form of the disease.

Symptoms

The symptoms depend on the type of thalassemia:

  • Thalassemia Minor: Thalassemia minor usually doesn’t cause any symptoms. If it does, it causes minor anemia.
  • Beta-thalassemia: Beta-thalassemia comes in two serious types, which are thalassemia major, or Cooley’s anemia, and thalassemia intermedia. The symptoms of thalassemia major generally appear before a child’s second birthday. The severe anemia related to this condition can be life-threatening. Other signs and symptoms include:
    • fussiness
    • paleness
    • frequent infections
    • a poor appetite
    • failure to thrive
    • jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes
    • enlarged organs

This form of thalassemia is usually so severe that it requires regular blood transfusions.

  • Alpha-thalassemia: Alpha-thalassemia also has two serious types, which are hemoglobin H disease and hydrops fetalis. Hemoglobin H disease can cause bone issues. The cheeks, forehead, and jaw may all overgrow. Hemoglobin H disease can cause:

    • jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes
    • an extremely enlarged spleen
    • malnourishment

Hydrops fetalis is an extremely severe form of thalassemia. It occurs before birth. Most individuals with this condition are either stillborn or die shortly after being born.

How is thalassemia diagnosed?

Thalassaemia is often detected during pregnancy or soon after birth.

  1. Screening during pregnancy: Screening to check if a baby is at risk of being born with thalassemia is offered to all pregnant women.
  2. Testing after birth or later in life: Newborn babies aren't routinely tested for thalassemia because the test used isn't always reliable soon after birth and the condition isn't immediately dangerous. However, the main form of the condition – beta thalassemia major – is often picked up as part of the newborn blood spot test (heel prick). A blood test can be carried out at any point to diagnose the condition if a child or adult has symptoms of thalassemia and the condition wasn't picked up earlier on.
  3. Testing for the Thalassemia Trait- A blood test can be done at any time to find out if you have the thalassemia trait and are at risk of having a child with the condition. This can be particularly useful if you have a family history of the condition or your partner is known to carry thalassemia.

If your child has thalassemia, blood tests may reveal:

  1. A low level of red blood cells
  2. Smaller than expected red blood cells
  3. Pale red blood cells
  4. Red blood cells that are varied in size and shape
  5. Red blood cells with uneven hemoglobin distribution, which gives the cells a bull's-eye appearance under the microscope

Blood tests may also be used to:

  1. Measure the amount of iron in your child's blood
  2. Evaluate his or her hemoglobin
  3. Perform DNA analysis to diagnose thalassemia or to determine if a person is carrying mutated hemoglobin genes

Treatment for Thalassemia-

The treatment for thalassemia depends on the type and severity of disease involved. Your doctor will give you a course of treatment that will work best for your particular case.

Some of the utilized treatments include:

  • blood transfusions
  • a bone marrow transplant (BMT)
  • medications and supplements
  • possible surgery to remove the spleen or gallbladder

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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My brother in law is having, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) disease. His platelet count was reduced about to 80000, hemoglobin- 7.8, rbc- 3.2, esr - 150, ldh- 760, etc. He started the treatment at Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. He had gone through plasma pheresis process 2 Times. After each pheresis process his platelet count, hemoglobin, rbc, ldh,esr, etc comes to the normal range, but after one month gap it relapse this happened twice. So, please suggest me what I have to do now.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
My brother in law is having, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) disease. His platelet count was reduced about ...
This is indeed a very worrisome problem. I would suggest that you share all the reports so that we can be sure that it is TTP. TTP can be of two main types: Congenital and Acquired. TTP can relapse especially after triggering factors like infections. In congenital TTP, plasma exchange is not required: only plasma infusion is sufficient. However, in acquired TTP, plasmapheresis is very important as it can be life-saving. In recurrent TTP it is important to discuss the treatment options in detail considering the expenses involved. Acquired TTP needs to be treated simultaneously with immunosuppressives (Glucocorticoid, Rituximab) to remove the inhibitory substances that cause the disease. So it is imperative that you consult a Hematologist immediately. In case you want help online, I will​ be happy to guide you.
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Hello doctor, Please advice treatment for aplastic anemia and it cost, side effects, duration for rest.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Hello doctor, Please advice treatment for aplastic anemia and it cost, side effects, duration for rest.
Aplastic anemia can have three treatment options: a. ATG and CYCLOSPORINE with/without Eltrombopag, 2. Cyclosporine monotherapy and 3. Stem cell transplant. All of them are indeed a bit costly but treatment us absolutely necessary. In case you want to know more, you can get in touch via an online consult.
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Respected Doctor. I am 30 year-old male and, I had Internal & External bleeding hemorrhoid with severe Anemia since 15 year back. I went to Hospital in 2012 but not heal permanently. It's bleeding again year by year. This time I have no insurance to go for Hospital again. So I need your special advice to treat Natural home remedies.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Respected Doctor.
I am 30 year-old male and, I had Internal & External bleeding hemorrhoid with severe Anemia since 1...
Try using Seitz bath twice daily. You may also use a diltiazem anal ointment if there is pain. However if there is excess bleed then it is unlikely to heal and surgery is inevitable.
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My hemoglobin is some much less than required so please suggest me how can I recover.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
My hemoglobin is some much less than required
so please suggest me how can I recover.
You need to share the entire complete blood count report for us to have an idea of what could be the possible cause. Also it is important to know what your symptoms are. You need to get in touch with a Hematologist. In case you want to consult online, I will be happy to help.
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