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Newest version of paediatric atlas looks at allergies of the ENT

Pank Jit Sin
02 Jul 2018

The newest version of the Atlas of Paediatric Diseases was officially launched at the recent Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI) conference, held in Kuala Lumpur recently.

While the first version of the atlas dealt with eczema and psoriasis, the second looked at cutaneous fungal and atypical fungal infections. The newest version has chosen to tackle allergies in the ear, nose and throat (ENT).

Staying true to the tradition of the atlases, the recent version is populated mostly with informative images detailing treatment, disease symptoms and diagnoses. The atlas is composed of 3 main chapters—an introduction to allergic diseases; case studies involving the nose, ear and throat; and treatment options for allergic rhinitis.

Three specialists lent their know-how towards the realization of the atlas namely, Dr Vincent Tan, resident ENT surgeon, Dr Kent Woo, allergist and Dr Yap Yoke Yeow, ENT specialist. In officiating the book, Dr Amir Hamzah, president of MSAI, said: “The prevalence of allergies is increasing in Malaysia and the pattern is expected to remain over the next few years. This increase will apply to both adults and paediatric groups.”  He attributed the increase to our weather, which is hot and humid all year round. This makes it the perfect breeding ground for housemites, which are the one of the main causative factors for allergies.

While reference books are plentiful, Amir said “it’s always good to have a local flavor to any references.” He thanked the doctors for contributing to the book and also thanked the industry, in this case Kotra Pharma, for supplying the educational grant towards the development of the atlas.

The atlas can be obtained from Kotra Pharma by calling their representative Teh Meng Li at 03-2772 3333 or through email at mengli@kotrapharma.com.

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