Archive for May, 2008

JMCR Editor-in-Chief reports on our first 100 cases

May 30, 2008

A recently published editorial by the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Medical Case Reports, Professor Michael Kidd, provides an overview of what has been published in JMCR in 2007.

Journal of Medical Case Reports: the first 100 cases is the first analysis of this groundbreaking journal’s output, and examines the range of clinical areas and patient groups that were covered in the journal’s initial 100 case reports. JMCR and Cases Journal are leading the way for large-scale medical case reporting, and this editorial gives some interesting insights into the diversity of case reports published so far. To share your thoughts on this editorial, and the range of case reports published to date, please post a comment on the article.

Image highlight: Sigmoid sinus thrombosis – a haemorrhagic venous infarction

May 28, 2008

Magnetic resonance venogram demonstrating occlusion of the left sigmoid and transverse sinuses

Piers Thomas et al. of the Northwest Thames Foundation School, London Deanery captured this magnetic resonance venogram which features in a recently published case report in Journal of Medical Case Reports.

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2008, 2:175

A 59-year-old Caucasian woman, recently diagnosed with Behçet’s disease, presented with an acute onset of alexia which she noticed whilst driving. She described how while she could read car number plates, she had lost the ability to read and understand words on roadsigns.  The left transverse and sigmoid sinuses were hyperdense and there was a focal area of high attenuation in the left temporoparietal region, consistent with secondary haemorrhagic venous infarction. A diagnosis of sigmoid sinus thrombosis with associated venous infarction was confirmed by computed tomography followed by magnetic resonance venography. [View full case report and more images]

The patient’s perspective: What are they so excited about?

May 14, 2008

..a great cutting-edge idea!Robert Dellavalle MD, PhD, MSPH

a welcome idea that chimes well with other initiatives around the world – this is a great idea from JMCR” – Professor Robert Hunter BSc, MBChB, MD, FRCPsych

a great addition to JMCR” – Christian A. Koch, MD, PhD, FACP, FACE

..a fantastic idea… looking forward to see how it develops”  – Jean Karl Soler MD MSc MMCFD

What are our Associate Editors so excited about? Well, we are pleased to announce that Journal of Medical Case Reports has now opened its doors to accepting case reports with comments from the patient in question. The ‘Patient’s perspective feature is a simple way to add another dimension to a case report. We think inviting the patient to comment on their condition, course of treatment or even providing some background on their daily activities will add an extra layer of detail to the case report.

‘Patient’s perspectives’ are of course also welcome in JMCR’s new sister publication, Cases Journal, edited by Richard Smith.

By including patient-written narratives, we aim to capture information about each patient’s case that would otherwise be lost.

If you would like to be among the first to publish a case report with your patient then please follow our instructions and submit online. All accepted case reports will be indexed in PubMed Central.

Announcing Cases Journal: JMCR’s new sister publication

May 13, 2008

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new sister journal to JMCRCases Journal.

Edited by Richard Smith, the journal will publish any case report that is understandable, ethical, authentic, and includes all information essential to its interpretation. Case reports do not have to be unusual – the journal’s ethos is that every case report, no matter how ‘everyday’ is important. As Smith says in the journal’s launch editorial, “Clinicians have the privilege of dealing with individuals in all their complexity and magnificence. Every person, every “case” can teach us something.”

Cases Journal will work in collaboration with Journal of Medical Case Reports. Articles from both journals will be incorporated into the database of case reports that BioMed Central is creating. If case reports submitted to JMCR do not meet our acceptance criteria, authors will be considered by Cases Journal. Likewise, the most important case reports submitted to Cases Journal will be put forward for review in JMCR.

We hope that Cases Journal will go on to publish many thousands of case reports, including many from physicians who have never published before – we particularly encourage submissions from general practitioners. JMCR will be the home of the most interesting, important case reports that advance medical knowledge, and we hope will eventually receive an impact factor.

So whether you have a case report that gives an important clinical lesson, or whether it’s something more commonplace, we look forward to your case reports!

Neonatal renal vein thombosis and elevated maternal lipoprotein: our most accessed case report

May 12, 2008

dopplerWith over 800 downloads since publication, ‘Elevated maternal lipoprotein (a) and neonatal renal vein thrombosis: a case report‘ becomes our most accessed case report this month. Subbiah and Parimi report on a full-term neonate with renal vein thrombosis (RNV) and her mother, with full clinical details and accompanying Doppler scan imaging. Although RNV is well-reported in neonates, this case report is one of the few to describe it in relation to inherited prothrombotic risk factors. The association between maternal thrombophilia and neonatal thrombotic complications is still unknown.

The image above shows a renal Doppler flow study demonstrating an increased resistive index of the right renal artery with suboptimal wave forms of the right renal vein. You can read the full case report including downloadable images and details of the patient’s follow-up here.