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Internist
5 years of experience

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Wayne State University (2005)
  • Currently 1 of 4 apples

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American Board of Internal Medicine

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Dr. Sivakumaran is affiliated with 1 hospitals.

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  • Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
    9920 Talbert Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    • Currently 4 of 4 crosses
    Top 25%
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Sivakumaran has contributed to 8 publications.
    Title The Training, Experience, and Confidence of Junior Doctors in Performing Pleural Procedures.
    Date November 2009
    Journal The New Zealand Medical Journal
    Excerpt

    Pleural procedures may cause patient discomfort and serious complications if performed inadequately. We surveyed junior doctors to provide information about training and experience.

    Title Therapeutic Plasma Exchange for Desensitization Prior to Transplantation in Abo-incompatible Renal Allografts.
    Date October 2009
    Journal Journal of Clinical Apheresis
    Excerpt

    Although there have been desensitization protocols used for ABO-incompatible (ABOi) renal transplants, there are a lack of studied protocols. Our center developed a preconditioning protocol that involved mycophenolic acid, therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE), anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (rituximab), and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) that allowed for ABOi renal transplantation.

    Title Delays in the Assessment and Management of Primary Lung Cancers in South Auckland.
    Date June 2009
    Journal The New Zealand Medical Journal
    Excerpt

    To determine the patient characteristics, referral patterns and delays in assessment and treatment of patients with primary lung cancer in South Auckland, New Zealand and compare with international standards.

    Title Management of Familial Hypertriglyceridemia During Pregnancy with Plasma Exchange.
    Date April 2009
    Journal Journal of Clinical Apheresis
    Excerpt

    Hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis is a serious complication of familial dyslipidemias. Hormonal influences during pregnancy can compromise otherwise controlled lipid levels in women with familial hypertriglyceridemia and predispose to pancreatitis leading to increased morbidity in both mother and fetus. We report the successful use of therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) in the management of hypertriglyceridemia during pregnancy resulting in avoidance of pancreatitis and delivery of a healthy term infant. Thirteen TPEs were performed from 19 to 36 weeks gestation to maintain tight control of triglyceride levels.

    Title Asbestosis and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Comparison of Thin-section Ct Features.
    Date January 2004
    Journal Radiology
    Excerpt

    PURPOSE: To identify differences, if any, in thin-section computed tomographic (CT) features between asbestosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and to test the findings in a subset of histopathologically proved cases of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) and nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients with a diagnosis of IPF (n = 212) or asbestosis (n = 74) were included. The relationships derived from the initial comparison were tested in a separate group of biopsy-proved UIP (n = 30) and NSIP (n = 23) cases. Two observers independently scored thin-section CT images for extent, distribution, and coarseness of fibrosis; proportion of ground-glass opacification; severity of traction bronchiectasis; and extent of emphysema. RESULTS: After controlling for extent of fibrosis, patients with asbestosis had coarser fibrosis than those with IPF (odds ratio, 1.52; 95% CI: 1.25, 1.84; P <.001). Compared with the biopsy-proved cases, the asbestosis cases involved coarser fibrosis (after controlling for disease extent) than the NSIP cases (odds ratio, 2.48; 95% CI: 1.49, 4.11; P <.001) but fibrosis similar to that in the UIP cases. A basal and subpleural distribution of disease was usual in all subgroups but significantly more prevalent (P, <.01 to.001) with asbestosis than with UIP or NSIP. CONCLUSION: The thin-section CT pattern of asbestosis closely resembles that of biopsy-proved UIP and differs markedly from that of biopsy-proved NSIP.

    Title Clozapine-associated Polyserositis.
    Date December 2003
    Journal The New Zealand Medical Journal
    Title Clinic Blood Pressure Measurements and Blood Pressure Load in the Diagnosis of Hypertension.
    Date September 1993
    Journal Postgraduate Medical Journal
    Excerpt

    We have retrospectively compared the blood pressure load derived from 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in patients with all clinic blood pressure readings elevated with those with only some elevated pressures to establish whether clinic readings alone are good predictors of blood pressure status. Fifty-seven patients attending a district general hospital hypertension clinic who were not on anti-hypertensive treatment were selected. Between two and six clinic readings were taken over a period of 1-6 months. Forty out of 57 patients had at least one clinic diastolic blood pressure reading of < 90 mmHg and, of these, 14 (35%) had a high blood pressure load and 26 (65%) had a normal blood pressure load. Patients with all diastolic blood pressure readings > 90 mmHg totalled 17 and of these 11 (65%) had high load and six (35%) had normal load. Patients with clinic diastolic blood pressure > 90 mmHg were significantly more likely to be truly hypertensive on the basis of blood pressure load than if one or more clinic readings was below 90 mmHg (P < 0.05). Diastolic pressures have some predictive power as to the blood pressure status defined by blood pressure load, but even consistently raised diastolic pressures do not necessarily indicate hypertension. Likewise one or more clinic diastolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg does not assuredly indicate normotension. Twenty-four hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring may have an increasingly important role in the assessment of hypertension.

    Title Pleural Effusion in Patients with Pulmonary Embolism.
    Date
    Journal Respirology (carlton, Vic.)
    Excerpt

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: It has been suggested that pulmonary embolism (PE) is an under-recognized cause of pleural effusion. This study aimed to (i) establish the incidence and clinical relevance of pleural effusion in patients with pulmonary emboli; and (ii) determine if there is a relationship between development of pleural effusions and the location of emboli and number of pulmonary arteries involved. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all CT pulmonary angiograms (CTPA) performed over 12 months on adult patients with clinically suspected PE in a hospital which used CTPA as first-line imaging investigation for PE. RESULTS: Of 285 CTPA, 60 patients (21%) had evidence of pulmonary emboli (38 had both central and peripheral clots and 22 peripheral emboli only). Emboli were bilateral in 39 cases and unilateral in 21 cases. Pleural effusion was present in almost one half (n = 29, 48%) of the patients with pulmonary emboli. Patients with pulmonary emboli were more likely to have a pleural effusion (OR 2.2 (95% CI: 1.1-4.7), P < 0.05) than patients without PE; however, the effusions were generally very small. Most (86%) of the effusions were present on the same side as the emboli. The location of emboli and number of arteries involved did not predict the presence of pleural effusions. CONCLUSIONS: Pleural effusion is common in patients with pulmonary emboli demonstrated on CTPA. These effusions are small and seldom alter clinical management. Clinicians should therefore have a high threshold of suspicion in attributing large or contralateral pleural effusions to embolic diseases without excluding alternative diagnoses.

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