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Doctor Profile - Dr. Abiramalatha

Dr. Abiramalatha


MD (Pediatrics), DCH, DM (Neonatology); PhD

Area(s) of Specialization:

Neonatal intensive care, neonatal transfusions, preterm neurology, perinatology


•    Clinical experience in Neonatology: 7 yrs
•    Teaching experience in Neonatology: 7 yrs

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Fellowships / Memberships:

•    Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP, India) - L/2010/A-899
•    National Neonatology Forum (NNF, India) - TN/L-4507


Original articles
1.    Abiramalatha T, Santhanam S, Mammen JJ, Rebekah G, Shabeer MP, Choudhury J, Nair SC. Utility of neutrophil volume conductivity scatter (VCS) parameter changes as sepsis screen in neonates. J Perinatol. 2016;(36): 733–8.
2.    Shabeer MP, Abiramalatha T, Smith A, Shrestha T, Rebekah G, Meghala A, and Thomas N. Comparison of Two Low-cost Methods of Cooling Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. J Trop Pediatr. 2017;63(3):174-181.
3.    Abiramalatha T, Kumar M, Chandran S, Sudhakar Y, Thenmozhi M, Thomas N. Troponin-T as a biomarker in neonates with perinatal asphyxia. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2017;10(3):275-80.
4.    Thomas N, AbiramalathaT, Bhat V, Varanattu M, Rao S, Wazir S et al. Phase Changing Material for Therapeutic Hypothermia in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy - A Multi-centric Study. Indian Pediatr. 2018;55(3):201-6.
5.    Shafijan SM, Chandrasekaran A, Balakrishnan U, Ninan B, AbiramalathaT.Continuous Temperature Monitoring Using Bluetooth- enabled Thermometer in Neonates.Indian Pediatr. 2018 Oct 15;55(10):914-5.
6.    Shabeer MP, AbiramalathaT, Devakirubai D, Rebekah G, Thomas N.Standard care with plastic bag or portable thermal nest to prevent hypothermia at birth: a three-armed randomized controlled trial.J Perinatol. 2018 Oct;38(10):1324-30.
7.    AbiramalathaT, Mathew SK, Mathew BS, Shabeer MP, Arulappan G, Kumar M, Jayaseelan V, Kuruvilla KA.Continuous infusion versus intermittent bolus doses of fentanyl for analgesia and sedation in neonates: an open-label randomised controlled trial.Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2019 Jul;104(4):F433-39.
8.    Ninan B, Balakrishnan U, Mohamed A, Manjula M, Abiramalatha T, Chandrasekaran A, and Amboiram P. Impact of Lactation Support Program on Initiation of Breastfeeding in Term Infants. Asian Pac IslNurs J. 2019;4(3):108-15.

9.    Shabeer MP, Abiramalatha T, Gibikote S, Rebekah G, Thomas N. Bedside sonography performed by neonatology residents to confirm central vascular catheter position in neonates - A Prospective Diagnostic Evaluation study [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 16]. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2020;10.3233/NPM-200409. doi:10.3233/NPM-200409.
10.    Abiramalatha T, Radhakrishnan K, Panicker VK, et al. Autologous umbilical cord blood for red cell concentrate transfusion in preterm infants in the era of delayed cord clamping: An uncontrolled clinical trial [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 3]. Transfus Med. 2020;10.1111/tme.12706. doi:10.1111/tme.12706.

Cochrane Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
1.    AbiramalathaT, Thomas N, Gupta V, Viswanathan A, McGuire W. High versus standard volume enteral feeds to promote growth in preterm or low birth weight infants. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017;9:CD012413.
2.    AbiramalathaT, Thanigainathan S, Balakrishnan U.Re-feeding versus discarding gastric residuals to improve growth in preterm infants.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Jul 8;7:CD012940.
3.    Abiramalatha T, Thanigainathan S, Ninan B. Routine monitoring of gastric residual for prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Jul 8;7:CD012937.
4.    Thanigainathan S, Abiramalatha T. Early fortification of human milk versus late fortification to promote growth in preterm infants. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020;7(7):CD013392. Published 2020 Jul 29. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD013392.pub2
Review article
1.    Abiramalatha T, Thomas N. Recent advances in the management of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy. Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics 2014.16(3):271-6.

Case series
1.    Abiramalatha T, Kumar M, Shabeer MP, Thomas N. Advantages of being diligent: lessons learnt from umbilical venous catheterisation in neonates. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Feb 3;2016. pii: bcr2015214073. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-214073.
Case reports
1.    Abiramalatha T, Sherba B, Joseph R, Thomas N. Unusual complications of placental chorioangioma: consumption coagulopathy and hypertension in a preterm newborn. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 May 6;2016. pii: bcr2016215734. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-215734.
2.    Abiramalatha T, Kumar M, Shabeer MP.Pleural effusion caused by a malpositioned umbilical venous catheter in a neonate. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Oct 30;2015.
3.    Mathew NG, Abiramalatha T, Singh H, Santhanam S. Appendicular Perforation in a Neonate Masquerading as Testicular Torsion.IndianPediatr. 2015;52(6):526-7.
4.    Abiramalatha T, Bansal A, Sudha S, Jhamb U. Unusual Presentation of Foreign Body Aspiration as Pleural Effusion in an Infant. Indian J Pediatr. 2014;81(3):305.
5.    Singh A, Abiramalatha T, Pradhan G, Jin DK, Kapoor S. A report of an Indian boy with a delayed diagnosis of pseudochondroplasia. J Clin Diagn Res. 2013;7(7):1479-81.
6.    Abiramalatha T, Mehndiratta S, Rajeshwari K, Dubey AP. Piperazine citrate induced myoclonus in a child. Indian J Pharmacol. 2013;45(6):640.
7.    Vyasam SP, Abiramalatha T, Hema NS, Thomas N. Cytomegalovirus Enterocolitis in a Term Neonate.Indian Pediatr. 2018;55:163-4.
8.    AbiramalathaT, Arunachal G, Muthusamy K, Thomas N.A family with floppy neonates with severe respiratory insufficiency: A lethal phenotype of RFT1-CDG due to a novel mutation.Eur J Med Genet. 2019 Apr;62(4):248-253.
9.    Thomas N, AbiramalathaT.Therapeutic Hypothermia using Phase changing Material in Indian Neonates: Authors' Reply.Indian Pediatr. 2018 Aug 15;55(8):711.
10.    Abiramalatha T, Balasubramanian R, Suman FR, Agarwal P, Balakrishnan U, Amboiram P. Diagnostic Dilemma of an Umbilical Mass in a Newborn Infant - a Twin or a Tumor? [published online ahead of print, 2019 Dec 26]. Fetal PediatrPathol. 2019;1–5.
11.    Sreedhara MS, Balakrishnan U, Amboiram P, Chandrasekeran A, Abiramalatha T, Mohammad SJS, et al. 3-Methylglutaconic aciduria type VIII in an Indian neonate. Birth Defects Res. 2020;112(14):1093-1097. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1717


1.    Umamaheswari B, Abiramalatha T. Neonatology. In: Scott J, Srinivasa Raghavan R, editors. Scott’s Pedia-Tricks. 4th ed. Hyderabad: Paras Medical Books; 2019.p.167-204. (ISBN No. 9789386480408)
2.    Abiramalatha T. Lactic acidosis. In: Nedunchelian K, editors. Differential Diagnosis in Pediatrics. 1st ed. Sanat Printers; 2020.p.9-14. (ISBN No. 978-93-5270-700-3)
3.    Abiramalatha T, Shabeer MP. Recent advances in neonatal resuscitation. In Recent advances in Pediatrics
4.    Abiramalatha T, Shabeer MP. Antenatal and intrapartum monitoring of fetal well-being.In: Recent advances in Pediatrics
5.    Abiramalatha T. Oxygen therapy in neonates. In:Textbook of Clinical Neonatology.
6.    Abiramalatha T. Growth monitoring in neonates. In:Textbook of Clinical Neonatology.
7.    Abiramalatha T. Neonatal sepsis. In: UG textbook of Neonatology.
8.    Abiramalatha T. Perinatal infections. In: UG textbook of Neonatology.
9.    Abiramalatha T. Nomenclature in newborn. In: UG textbook of Neonatology.
10.    Abiramalatha T, Jayachandran AK, Niranjan Thomas AW. Perinatal Asphyxia. In: Textbook of Perinatology
11.    Abiramalatha T. Neonatal resuscitation. In: Scott’s Paediatrics Specialty series on Neonatology
12.    Abiramalatha T, Thanigainathan S. Central nervous system. In: Scott’s Paediatrics Specialty series on Neonatology
13.    Abiramalatha T, Umamaheswari B.Therapy of genetic and metabolic disorders.In: Scott’s Paediatrics Specialty series on Inborn errors of metabolism.
14.    Abiramalatha T.Protein metabolic disorders.In: Scott’s Paediatrics Specialty series on Inborn errors of metabolism.

Peer Reviewer in the following journals
1.    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
2.    Pediatrics
3.    Archives of Diseases in Childhood
4.    BMC Gastroenterology
5.    BMJ Pediatrics Open
6.    Journal of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
7.    Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
8.    Journal of Medical Case Reports
9.    International Journal of Pediatrics

Awards and Honours:

•    Tamil Nadu MGR University Gold Medal for highest marks in DM Neonatology (2016)
•    Tamil Nadu MGR University Gold Medal-The Gross Memorial Prize for highest aggregate marks in III MBBS Part I and II put together
•    ‘Young Researcher Award’ by ‘Indian Academy of Pediatrics’ (IAP), 2017
•    ‘Dr Lalitha Kameswaran Gold Medal’ for ‘Best Research Publication’ in the Faculty of Medicine in 2018, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai.

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