Doctors confused over Kalmadi's MRI report on Dementia

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New Delhi, Jul 27: Suresh Kalmadi's MRI report which was conducted at the LNJP Hospital, Delhi does not support claim that the sacked Commonwealth Games" Organising Committee chairperson is suffering from Dementia.

The report suggests that Kalmadi instead, is suffering from 'diffused cerebral atrophy'.

"The diagnosis of dementia is not just based on one report, but by putting in multiple reports. The clinical report of the patient, the blood work, may be sometimes the imaging report, psychological evaluation - all of these need to be combined and then we can say if the person has dementia," said Neurologist Dr Girish Nair.

The report will now be sent for a second opinion to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

"We are going by what Mr Kalmadi has stated. He complained of dizziness, so he was referred. We will be consulting the neurosurgeon at AIIMS and we will follow whatever course of action they recommend. The court had asked for a copy of his medical report and we have submitted it," said Sunil Gupta, Tihar Jail PRO.

According to the doctors in AIIMS, they cannot term Kalamdi's condition as Dementia yet, though the report indicated that there are slight changes in the brain but it can be very normal.

"To prove mental incapacity to the point of saying that he was suffering from insanity and therefore not committed a crime, I don't think that is even suggested," said Harish Salve, advocate.

What is diffused cerebral atrophy?

This is a medical condition where the entire brain or a part of the brain can shrink. The condition occurs because of neurological disease, brain injury or infections of the brain can also lead to the death of death of brain cell.

The symptoms of cerebral atrophy include dementia, difficulty in communicating, reading, seizures etc.

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