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I am pleased to write the Editor's Desk for the current issue of IOG with great contentment due to efficient functioning of previous issues and tremendous recognition received by obstetricians and gynaecologists, all across India. We expect continuous extensive support to the journal from our readers and we invite your suggestions and contributions to enrich the journal.
This issue of the journal has published four original studies in the Obstetric section. First study conducted by Dr. Manjusha Jindal and co-authors studied the socio-cultural factors influencing low birth weight among babies delivered at Goa Medical College. Second study is a retrospective analysis by Dr. Sanchita Karmakar. The study compared the risk factors of uterine rupture during pregnancy and delivery and the maternal and foetal outcomes between scarred uterus versus unscarred uterus. Third study is published by Dr. Gaurav Shete and co-authors from Mumbai that concluded intra-umbilical route of oxytocin to be painless, safer, easier and faster acting than intramuscular administration. There is one study by a research group headed by Dr. Suman Lata from Delhi which evaluated the plasma level of lipids and its association with severity of preeclampsia. Dr. Sunita Arora and co-authors presented a case of thalassemia carrier couple who successfully conceived with a normal, unaffected child following IVF and PGD (Preimplantation genetic diagnosis).
In gynaecology section, we have cross-sectional study by Dr. Sushruti Kaushal and co- authors that assessed the knowledge and practices about contraceptive methods. Dr. Amrita Gaurav and co-authors conducted a study to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices regarding cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination among medical and nursing students. Dr. Ruchi Saxena and co-authors on the basis of prospective study concluded that mifepristone is an acceptable solution for the medical management of the fibroids upto six cm as it is administered orally, is cost effective with mild side effects. We have an interesting case report on 'Rare Case of Sessile Broad Ligament Leiomyoma- A Radiological and Operative Challenge' by Dr. Shashwati Sen and Dr. Krishna Mukherjee. Another case report is on 'Torsion of a wandering Spleen mimicking twisted Ovarian Tumour' by Dr. Jahar Lal Baidya and co-authors from Agartala.
We encourage researchers to submit high quality manuscript to the IOG describing their original clinical research findings and robust literature review that are of current clinical interest, report novel diagnostic paradigms or summarize their treatment experiences to make IOG reach on greater heights.