Chaturaka Rodrigo

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  1. pmc A prospective cohort study on the role of nonspecialist staff in preventing relapses and improving clinic attendance of patients with schizophrenia
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Psychiatry Unit, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
    Indian J Psychiatry 55:74-6. 2013
  2. pmc Cannabis and schizophrenia spectrum disorders: a review of clinical studies
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Mental Health Unit, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
    Indian J Psychol Med 31:62-70. 2009
  3. pmc Current Status of HIV/AIDS in South Asia
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka
    J Glob Infect Dis 1:93-101. 2009
  4. pmc Looking at Complicating Non-Biological Issues in Women with HIV
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
    J Glob Infect Dis 2:15-27. 2010
  5. pmc Current evidence on the use of antifilarial agents in the management of bancroftian filariasis
    Sumadhya Deepika Fernando
    Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
    J Trop Med 2011:175941. 2011
  6. pmc Dengue fever presenting with acute cerebellitis: a case report
    Milinda Withana
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Res Notes 7:125. 2014
  7. pmc Lower estimated glomerular filtration rates in patients on long term lithium: a comparative study and a meta-analysis of literature
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Psychiatry 14:4. 2014
  8. pmc Life threatening self starvation; a case report
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Res Notes 6:36. 2013
  9. pmc Caregiver strain and symptoms of depression among principal caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder in Sri Lanka
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Int J Ment Health Syst 7:2. 2013
  10. pmc Addressing the relationship between cardiac hypertrophy and ischaemic stroke: an observational study
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Int Arch Med 5:32. 2012

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  1. pmc A prospective cohort study on the role of nonspecialist staff in preventing relapses and improving clinic attendance of patients with schizophrenia
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Psychiatry Unit, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
    Indian J Psychiatry 55:74-6. 2013
    ..The Sri Lankan government employs graduates from local universities (trained in nonpsychiatry disciplines) as Mental Health Development Officers (MHDOs) to fulfill the role of a psychiatric social worker...
  2. pmc Cannabis and schizophrenia spectrum disorders: a review of clinical studies
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Mental Health Unit, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
    Indian J Psychol Med 31:62-70. 2009
    ..The evidence for the argument that schizophrenic patients are attracted to cannabis is also not strong. The most plausible explanation is that cannabis use and psychosis proneness may have synergistic effects in a vulnerable minority...
  3. pmc Current Status of HIV/AIDS in South Asia
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka
    J Glob Infect Dis 1:93-101. 2009
    ..All countries of the region have a low prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, it is important to review the current epidemiological data to identify the trends of infection as it would have implications on prevention...
  4. pmc Looking at Complicating Non-Biological Issues in Women with HIV
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
    J Glob Infect Dis 2:15-27. 2010
    ..In this article we are reviewing whether females are disadvantaged in the epidemic, due to factors independent of the biological differences in sexes...
  5. pmc Current evidence on the use of antifilarial agents in the management of bancroftian filariasis
    Sumadhya Deepika Fernando
    Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
    J Trop Med 2011:175941. 2011
    ..Followup studies on mass drug administration (MDA) are yet to show a complete interruption of transmission, though the infection rates are reduced to a very low level...
  6. pmc Dengue fever presenting with acute cerebellitis: a case report
    Milinda Withana
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Res Notes 7:125. 2014
    ..With the increasing numbers, rare manifestations of dengue are occasionally encountered. We report a patient who presented with bilateral cerebellar signs as the presenting feature of dengue...
  7. pmc Lower estimated glomerular filtration rates in patients on long term lithium: a comparative study and a meta-analysis of literature
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Psychiatry 14:4. 2014
    ..This study compared mean estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFR) in patients on long term lithium, against matched controls...
  8. pmc Life threatening self starvation; a case report
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Res Notes 6:36. 2013
    ..Many authors now describe an obsessive compulsive spectrum disorder where many other specific diagnostic entities such as trichotillomania, tic disorders and body dysmorphic disorder are considered to be related and linked disorders...
  9. pmc Caregiver strain and symptoms of depression among principal caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder in Sri Lanka
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Int J Ment Health Syst 7:2. 2013
    ..abstract:..
  10. pmc Addressing the relationship between cardiac hypertrophy and ischaemic stroke: an observational study
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Int Arch Med 5:32. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  11. pmc Multiple ring-enhancing cerebral lesions in systemic lupus erythematosis: a case report
    Thashi Chang
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    J Med Case Rep 6:172. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  12. pmc Complications and management of acute copper sulphate poisoning; a case discussion
    Champika Ssk Gamakaranage
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    J Occup Med Toxicol 6:34. 2011
    ..The lethal dose can be as small as 10 grams. We have explored the complications of acute copper sulphate poisoning with examples from two case presentations. We also recommend measures for prevention of such events...
  13. pmc Acute coronary ischemia during alcohol withdrawal: a case report
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    J Med Case Reports 5:369. 2011
    ..abstract:..
  14. pmc Delay in diagnosis of generalized miliary tuberculosis with osseo-articular involvement: a case report
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    J Med Case Reports 5:512. 2011
    ..abstract:..
  15. pmc Hypothyroidism causing paralytic ileus and acute kidney injury - case report
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Thyroid Res 4:7. 2011
    ..It is important that clinicians are aware of these rare manifestations of hypothyroidism as in most occasions, thyroxine deficiency may be missed, and treatment can reverse the complications...
  16. pmc A retrospective analysis of cannabis use in a cohort of mentally ill patients in Sri Lanka and its implications on policy development
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Psychiatry Unit, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
    Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 5:16. 2010
    ..Several epidemiological studies have shown that cannabis; the most widely used illegal drug in the world, is associated with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD)...
  17. pmc The 'antisocial' person: an insight in to biology, classification and current evidence on treatment
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Mental Health Unit, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
    Ann Gen Psychiatry 9:31. 2010
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  18. pmc Symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescent students; a perspective from Sri Lanka
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Psychiatry Unit, Provincial General Hospital, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
    Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health 4:10. 2010
    ..Policy decisions are made to reduce competition for higher education3. A nationally coordinated survey on mental health of adolescent students is carried out utilizing the island-wide network of medical officers of mental health...
  19. doi request reprint Electrocardiographic and echocardiographic manifestations of cardiac involvement in leptospirosis
    Tharanga Fernando
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, 25 Kynsey Road, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
    Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 107:457-9. 2013
    ..Cardiac involvement is known to occur in leptospirosis, however, data on the significance of electrocardiographic and echocardiographic findings is very limited...
  20. doi request reprint Scrub typhus: pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and prognosis
    Senaka Rajapakse
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, 25 Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka
    Asian Pac J Trop Med 5:261-4. 2012
    ..Prognostic indicators for severe disease have not yet been clearly established...
  21. ncbi request reprint Renal replacement therapy in sepsis-induced acute renal failure
    Senaka Rajapakse
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 20:553-9. 2009
    ..Higher doses of RRT are more likely to be beneficial. Use of bio-compatible membranes and bicarbonate buffer in the dialysate are preferred. Anticoagulation during dialysis must be carefully adjusted and monitored...
  22. doi request reprint Kidney disease in the elderly: a Sri Lankan perspective
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 24:1285-90. 2013
    ..Based on our findings, we have made several pertinent recommendations regarding the care of the elderly with renal disease in Sri Lanka that may be relevant to other developing nations as well. ..
  23. doi request reprint Chemoprophylaxis in malaria: drugs, evidence of efficacy and costs
    Sumadhya Deepika Fernando
    Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Asian Pac J Trop Med 4:330-6. 2011
    ..Impact of prophylaxis in pregnancy and the cost considerations are discussed under two separate sub topics...
  24. pmc Primaquine in vivax malaria: an update and review on management issues
    Deepika Fernando
    Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, 25, Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka
    Malar J 10:351. 2011
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  25. pmc Hypokalemic paralysis associated with cystic disease of the kidney: case report
    Champika S S S K Gamakaranage
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
    BMC Nephrol 12:16. 2011
    ..Severe hypokalemia is known to cause muscle paralysis, and renal tubular acidosis is a recognized cause. Cystic disease of the kidney is associated with severe hypokalemia...
  26. pmc Improving diagnosis of trichomonas vaginalis infection in resource limited health care settings in sri lanka
    Sumadhya D Fernando
    Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    J Glob Infect Dis 3:324-8. 2011
    ..This study was designed to compare diagnosis of trichomoniasis by culture, wet smear examination, and Giemsa stain. A modified technique was used to transport and prepare the specimen to ensure parasite viability prior to Giemsa staining...
  27. pmc Dengue hemorrhagic fever and severe thrombocytopenia in a patient on mandatory anticoagulation: balancing two life threatening conditions: a case report
    Champika Gamakaranage
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Infect Dis 12:272. 2012
    ..This is the first case report in published literature describing this therapeutic dilemma...
  28. pmc Learning styles and approaches to learning among medical undergraduates and postgraduates
    Lasitha Samarakoon
    National Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Med Educ 13:42. 2013
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  29. pmc Clinical features and sociodemographic factors affecting Trichomonas vaginalis infection in women attending a central sexually transmitted diseases clinic in Sri Lanka
    Sumadhya D Fernando
    Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Indian J Sex Transm Dis 33:25-31. 2012
    ..Trichomoniasis is a relatively neglected area of research in Sri Lanka. Given the number of infections observed, an analysis of sociodemographic characteristics of patients would be valuable in prevention...
  30. pmc The 'hidden' burden of malaria: cognitive impairment following infection
    Sumadhya D Fernando
    Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, 25, Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka
    Malar J 9:366. 2010
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  31. ncbi request reprint A two-year retrospective analysis of renal transplant patients in Sri Lanka
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo 08, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 22:174-8. 2011
    ..5%) being reported over the study period. Of late complications, most were due to immunosuppression. Overall, the 2-year survival was 75%. There was no significant difference between the centers of transplant...
  32. doi request reprint Drug treatment of scrub typhus
    Senaka Rajapakse
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, 25 Kynsey Road, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
    Trop Doct 41:1-4. 2011
    ..Most clinical evidence on drug treatment is from cases of mild-to-moderate scrub typhus. Further study is needed on the efficacy of different antibiotics in the treatment of severe, life-threatening scrub typhus...
  33. pmc Developing a clinically relevant classification to predict mortality in severe leptospirosis
    Senaka Rajapakse
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    J Emerg Trauma Shock 3:213-9. 2010
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  34. pmc Awareness of breast cancer among adolescent girls in Colombo, Sri Lanka: a school based study
    Hasanthika M Ranasinghe
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, 25 Kynsey Road, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
    BMC Public Health 13:1209. 2013
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  35. pmc Low serum total nitrite and nitrate levels in severe leptospirosis
    Thilini Kalugalage
    Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Infect Dis 13:206. 2013
    ..We assessed the correlation of NOx with disease severity in patients with leptospirosis, compared with healthy controls and non-leptospirosis fever patients...
  36. doi request reprint Isolated hypomagnesemia in a patient treated with capecitabine
    Senaka Rajapakse
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    J Oncol Pharm Pract 19:254-6. 2013
    ..The approach to diagnosis and treatment is discussed. We postulate that capecitabine may cause isolated hypomagnesemia, possibly due to renal magnesium loss. ..
  37. doi request reprint HIV, poverty and women
    Chaturaka Rodrigo
    University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Int Health 2:9-16. 2010
    ..The specific impact of poverty on females in families living with HIV is less explored. Though microfinance initiatives to empower women are a good idea in theory, the actual outcome of such a programme is less convincing. ..
  38. pmc Antibiotics for human toxoplasmosis: a systematic review of randomized trials
    Senaka Rajapakse
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Pathog Glob Health 107:162-9. 2013
    ..Treatment with either oral or intravitreal antibiotics seems reasonable for ocular toxoplasmosis. Overall, trial evidence for the efficacy of these drugs for toxoplasmosis is poor, and further well-designed trials are needed. ..
  39. pmc Treatment of dengue fever
    Senaka Rajapakse
    Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Infect Drug Resist 5:103-12. 2012
    ..This review provides an overview on the epidemiology, natural history, management strategies, and future directions for research on dengue, including the potential for development of a vaccine...
  40. pmc Fanconi anaemia with bilateral diffuse pulmonary arterio venous fistulae: a case report
    Lasitha Samarakoon
    University Medical Unit, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Blood Disord 12:1. 2012
    ..abstract:..
  41. pmc Saw-scaled viper bites in Sri Lanka: is it a different subspecies? Clinical evidence from an authenticated case series
    Ariaranee Gnanathasan
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka
    Am J Trop Med Hyg 86:254-7. 2012
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