Archive for March, 2008

New! Image highlight: Tuberculosis of the ileum

March 28, 2008

Welcome to the new ‘Image highlight’ section of our JMCR blog. Since launch, we have published hundreds of fascinating photographs, histology slides, X-rays, CT scans and more, so this is our opportunity to highlight some great images from our case reports that you may have missed. This week’s image is taken from a recently published case report by Dr Taraneh Dormohammadi Toosi et al., Imam Khomeini Hospital, Iran:

X-ray of small bowel barium transit showing narrowing and irregularity of the terminal ileum and ulceration in its wall, highly suspicious for tuberculosis.


A 14-year-old girl presented with complaints of paraplegia, ataxia, fever and fatigue that had started a few months earlier, which had progressively worsened in the last three weeks. Her laboratory results were indicative of macrocytic anemia with a serum B12 level <100 (normal, 160-970) pg/ml and hypersegmented neutrophils and MRI revealed brain atrophy. Her fever workup eventually led to the diagnosis of tuberculosis, documented by bone marrow aspiration smear & culture. A small bowel series showed that tuberculosis had typically involved the terminal ileum which had resulted in vitamin B12 deficiency. She was treated for vitamin B12 deficiency and tuberculosis. Her fever ceased and her hemoglobin level returned to normal. This is the first report of macrocytic anemia with unusual manifestations such as brain atrophy and seizures due to intestinal tuberculosis. [View full case report and more images]


JMCR Award – winner announced!

March 26, 2008

Congratulations to Dr Phuong Mai, winner of the inaugural JMCR Award for best case report. Dr Mai’s article, A possible new syndrome with growth-hormone secreting pituitary adenoma, colonic polyposis, lipomatosis, lentigines and renal carcinoma in association with familial testicular germ cell malignancy: A case report‘ received several nominations, and was judged by Professor Michael Kidd, JMCR’s Editor-in-Chief, to be the winning case report.

The award was announced at BioMed Central’s Research Awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine in London last week.

Thanks to all of you who nominated case reports for the award, and remember that any case report published in JMCR this year will be eligible for next year’s award!

Professor Kidd’s announcement of the winner

Dr Phuong Mai’s acceptance speech

Medscape features JMCR case reports

March 19, 2008

Medscape, the online medical information and education resource, begins this week to highlight articles published in medscape2Journal of Medical Case Reports.

The first article to be featured is ‘Rectus sheath hematoma: three case reports’ in which Selin Kapan et al. describe how this rare disease was identified and treated in three patients.

JMCR is featured in Medscape’s Family Medicine journals collection, and the Medscape team will be regularly featuring new case reports on the website, meaning the journal’s most clinically relevant and educational case reports will be brought to an even wider audience.

Shortlist announced for JMCR award

March 14, 2008

Journal of Medical Case Reports will be making a special award for the best case report published in theBMC Research Awards journal to date, as part of the BioMed Central Research Awards.

We are pleased to announce the shortlist of nominees for this award:

Minocycline-induced hypersensitivity syndrome presenting with meningitis and brain edema: a case report
Nicolas Lefebvre, Emmanuel Forestier, David Farhi, Veronique Remy, Olivier Lesens, Mahsa Mohseni Zadeh, Daniel Christmann and Yves Hansmann
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2007, 1:22

A new syndrome with growth-hormone secreting pituitary adenoma, colonic polyposis, lipomatosis, lentigines and renal carcinoma in association with familial testicular germ cell malignancy: A case report
Phuong L Mai, Larissa Korde, Joan Kramer, June Peters, Christine M Mueller, Susan Pfeiffer, Constantine A Stratakis, Peter A Pinto, Gennady Bratslavsky, Maria Merino, Peter Choyke, W. Marston Linehan and Mark H Greene
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2007, 1:9

Reactive arthritis developing after pneumococcal conjunctivitis: a case report
Amit S Verma and Dorian Dwarika
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2007, 1:2

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held at the Royal Society of Medicine here in London on Wednesday 19th March.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and watch this space for the announcement of the winner.