Archive for April, 2008

Image highlight: Rare osseous metaplasia

April 30, 2008

Histopathological polyp specimen demonstrating adenomatous surface epithelium and osseous metaplasia with surface osteoclasts

This week’s image is taken from a recently published case report by Dr Victoria White of the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Derby City General Hospital, Derby.


Journal of Medical Case Reports 2008, 2:130

A 63-year-old woman, who drank 2 to 3 litres of gin per week, presented with a history of melaena. Colonoscopy revealed her to have a pedunculated ulcerating polyp. Histological examination demonstrated multiple areas of osseous metaplasia within the polyp stroma. Heterotopic ossification in colonic adenomas is a particularly rare phenomenon, with the majority of cases occurring within malignant lesions. The suggested mechanisms for its aetiology still remain unclear. [View full case report and more images]


New Associate Editor: Introducing Alistair Tindall

April 24, 2008

We are delighted to announce a new addition to the JMCR Editorial Board. Alistair Tindall MSc FRCS (Tr. & Orth.) will take the position of Associate Editor handling orthopaedics and trauma case reports.

As an Open Access advocate, Mr Tindall comments, “I think case reports can add almost as much as a ‘full paper’. They highlight new presentations of common diseases that should be borne in mind by the clinician. They also act as a short review on common topics and the discussion should present a nice synopsis of current knowledge in a particular field.”

His new role on Journal of Medical Case Reports will compliment his other editorial position as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Medicine: Trauma and Intensive Medicine.” The launch of JMCR brings a new perspective into the way the traditional case report affects the modern physician’s approach to continued education and professional learning. Alistair notes, A good case report will educate, entertain and stimulate. It may not be relevant to day to day practice, but it is by looking at interesting cases that we learn most about the art and practice of medicine.”

Alistair is a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in a general hospital in South East London, but has a particular interest in orthopaedics in the developing world. His current research interests are in cell engineering and autologous chondrocyte implantation, and has carried out extensive research into lower limb work.

Alistair will be a great asset to our existing Editorial Board – we are sure that he will enjoy working with us on our unique online journal!

Our 300th open access case report

April 22, 2008

blog-helixYesterday, the 300th case report was published in Journal of Medical Case Reports. The landmark manuscript by Francois Maillot et al., draws some  interesting conclusions on how environmental factors may have an influence on the clinical expression of monogenic inherited metabolic diseases. Read the full case report, free here.

Journal of Medical Case Reports is growing very quickly, and to find out how to get involved, whether you wish to submit your own case report, review or comment on any of our case reports then please contact our editorial office.

Congratulations to the authors, who will receive a JMCR T-shirt!

Scabies in an HIV-positive patient: our most accessed case report

April 11, 2008

This month’s most-read case report describes an unusual case of Norwegian scabies in an HIV-positive man.

The article from Ramachandran Vignesh et al has been downloaded over 950 times in the last 30 days.scabies

“Atypically distributed cutaneous lesions of Norwegian scabies in an HIV-positive man in South India: a case report”, describes the 16-year old patient’s presentation of severe crusted scabies over much of his body, including the head and neck. The patient was treated with Ivermectin and topical Permethrin, with a complete resolution of the condition four weeks later.
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