Kashmir doctor discovers new sign in dermatology

Kashmir doctor discovers new sign in dermatology

Srinagar: A Kashmiri doctor, Dr Tasleem Arif, has discovered a new sign in the field of dermatology which has been named after him as Tasleem’s Water Jet Sign.
Dr Arif along with co-author Syed Suhail Amin has written a paper on the subject which has been published in a polish journal, Our Dermatology Online.
According to the paper, the authors observed a peculiar phenomenon while giving local anesthesia to a wart – a small, hard, benign growth on the skin.
“While giving local anesthesia to the site of wart, we observed that sometimes the local anesthetic spills out back through the surface of the wart like a jet of water. Many times this jet of local anesthetic directly aims the face including the eyes of the treating doctor,” the authors wrote.
“However, those dermatologists wearing spectacles or protective glasses, the water jet of local anesthetic may directly strike these protective shields sparing the eyes. One of the authors has the experience of this jet striking his spectacles several times during the procedure,” the journal quoted the paper.
According to the authors the water jet sign has some importance. “Firstly, a dermatologist dealing with warts must be wearing eye protection to avoid chances of getting the jet of local anesthetic into the eyes during the procedure. Secondly, when this sign is present, it can augment the diagnosis of warts. Lastly, it adds to academic armamentarium of post graduate scholars,” the paper read.
The field of dermatology is known by various signs many of which bear clinical importance while others provide academic assistance to the postgraduate scholars.
A number of signs have been mentioned in dermatology and many more add up as a result of meticulous work going on in this field of medical science.
With the advent of Dermoscopy, many new signs have been introduced in the recent past.
Dr Arif is presently working as assistant professor at department of dermatology, Jawaharlal Nehru medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He did his MBBS from SKIMS Medical College Srinagar and MD Dermatology, STD’s and Leprosy from Medical College Srinagar.