Archive for January, 2009

Top 10 January case reports in Cases Journal

January 29, 2009

January is set to be one of our busiest months for publishing case reports at Cases Journal. Take a look at our Top 10 cases in January so far:

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Body aches, tender bones and rapid loss of weight: a case report
Vijay Hadda, Naval Kishore Vikram, Vaibhav Jain, Anita Chopra, Ashish Goel, Rita Sood
Cases Journal 2009, 2:37 (10 January 2009)
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Atypical onset of diabetes in a teenage girl: a case report
Cristina Maria Mihai, Doina Catrinoiu, Ramona Mihaela Stoicescu
Cases Journal 2008, 1:425 (30 December 2008)
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Mistletoe treatment in cancer-related fatigue: a case report
Kathrin Wode, Thomas Schneider, Ingrid Lundberg, Gunver S Kienle
Cases Journal 2009, 2:77 (22 January 2009)
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Carcinosarcoma of the breast: two case reports and review of the literature
Kristi M Esses, Ramona M Hagmaier, Susan A Blanchard, John J Lazarchick, Adam I Riker
Cases Journal 2009, 2:15 (6 January 2009)
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Giant tonsillolith causing odynophagia in a child: a rare case report
Jagdeep S Thakur, Ravinder S Minhas, Anamika Thakur, Dev R Sharma, Narinder K Mohindroo
Cases Journal 2008, 1:50 (18 July 2008)
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Sickle cell trait and priapism: a case report and review of the literature
Brian F Birnbaum, Joseph J Pinzone
Cases Journal 2008, 1:429 (30 December 2008)
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Low-intensity body building exercise induced rhabdomyolysis: a case report
Massimiliano Gagliano, Daniela Corona, Giuseppe Giuffrida, Alessia Giaquinta, Tiziano Tallarita, Domenico Zerbo, Massimiliano Sorbello, Annalaura Paratore, Carla Virgilio, Alessandro Cappellani, Pierfrancesco Veroux, Massimiliano Veroux
Cases Journal 2009, 2:7 (5 January 2009)
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Dynamic splinting for knee flexion contracture following total knee arthroplasty: a case report
Eric Finger, F Buck Willis
Cases Journal 2008, 1:421 (29 December 2008)
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How 40 kilograms of fluid retention can be overlooked: two case reports
Hon Shing Ong, Candy Wing-Chiu Sze, Tat Woon Koh, Simon Ward Coppack
Cases Journal 2009, 2:33 (8 January 2009)
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Male infertility related to an aberrant karyotype, 47,XYY: four case reports
Faeza El-Dahtory, Hany M Elsheikha
Cases Journal 2009, 2:28 (8 January 2009)

World Leprosy Day

January 26, 2009

Yesterday was World Leprosy Day, an event to raise awareness of this age-old disease, particularly to spread understanding that leprosy is cureable and manageable.

Our journals have published several case reports of patients with leprosy, and of course we welcome more to help share knowledge and experience of this disease.

Single lesion multibacillary leprosy, a treatment enigma: a case report Sapkota BR, Neupane KD, Maharjan RK

Intraneural injection of corticosteroids to treat nerve damage in leprosy: a case report and review of literature Nashed SG, Rageh TA, Attallah-Wasif ES, Abd-Elsayed AA

Concomitant age old infections of mankind – tuberculosis and leprosy: a case report Sreeramareddy CT, Menezes RG, Kishore PV

Medical news, blogs & case reports round-up

January 14, 2009

Sleep well to fight colds: Science confirms what our grandma’s have been telling us for years! A team from Carnegie Mellon University found that sleep deprivation can treble your risk of catching a cold.

Does mouthwash cause cancer? The latest cancer scare story to hit the papers suggests that using mouthwash can lead to oral cancer. Cancer Research UK analyse the paper that sparked the press headlines and compare mouthwash use to other risk factors.

Oestrogen causes DNA mutations – is this how it fuels cancer? Although there is sufficient evidence to suggest that oestrogen is involved in cancer, there are few ideas as to how the hormone causes cells to replicate and proliferate. Could the answer lie with this theory, proposed by Cancer Research UK scientists?

[Case Report]: Baby girl born to ‘dead’ mother: Two days after an ice skating star died of a brain hemorrhage doctors managed to successfully deliver her 25 week premature baby by cesarean section.

Antipsychotics raise death risk for Alzheimer’s patients: Published in Lancet Neurology, this study suggests long-term treatment with antipsychotics nearly doubled patients’ risk of death.

Telling lies to your doctor, and how it can kill you: 13% of us ‘bend the truth’ when quizzed by our doctor. This article explores how those little white lies can have rather substantial consequences.

[Case Report]: Vicks VapoRub may harm infants: Published in Chest, an 18-month-old girl with a common upper respiratory infection suddenly developed severe breathing problems after the application of Vicks VapoRub to her nose.

The English surgeon: Here is the trailer for a film about London based neurosurgeon Dr Henry Marsh and his Ukrainian colleague Igor Kurilets. The film documents Dr Marsh’s visits to Kiev and his attempts to improve upon the ‘medieval brain surgery’ he witnessed there on his first visit.

and if a docu-film on surgery isn’t cultured enough for you….

Skin Deep: taking opera to the cutting edge: ‘Skin Deep’, an adventurous opera that addresses the subject of plastic surgery opens its curtains to the UK this week. In this article, the Telegraph talks to both creators about the collision of opera and operating table.

Levofloxacin side-effect results in death

January 9, 2009

Gottschalk et al. from the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Family Medicine have published a case report on the unfortunate death of an elderly patient as a result of side-effects of a fluoroquinolone.

A 91-year-old Caucasian male farmer presented complained to his physicians, “My feet aren’t working.” Specifically, he reported difficulty with balance leading to inability to walk, and extensive, painful bilateral ecchymoses of his heels. He was commenced on fluoroquinolone (levofloxacin) therapy, however this proved to be fatal.

The authors say: “Fluoroquinolones are a powerful and potent tool in the fight against bacterial infection.  As a class, they are employed by primary care physicians as well as by subspecialty physicians in all areas of medical practice. However, as this case illustrates, the use of  these drugs is not without risk. Attention must be paid to potential side-effects when prescribing any medication, and close follow-up with patients is a medical necessity to evaluate for these adverse reactions, especially with fluoroquinolones.

Read the case report in full and share your opinion, or ask the authors a question by posting a comment online.

Medical news, blogs & case reports round-up

January 8, 2009

Oral immunotherapy with drinking milk may help milk allergy: A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre and Duke University found that giving milk-allergic children milk in increasingly higher doses over time eased their allergic reactions to milk and even helped some of the children completely overcome their milk allergy.

Increase in NHS patient error deaths: Data collected by the National Patient Safety Agency shows that more than 3,000 patients have died in the UK over the past year due to errors by NHS staff. Our journals welcome submission of case reports describing medical errors, so that others can learn from mistakes.

The LOX enzyme – a target to stop cancer spread: Halting metastasis is probably the major challenge facing cancer researchers today. This blog post from Cancer Research UK highlights a promising line of research based on the LOX enzyme’s possible involvement.

FDA approve test for donated blood: This week the FDA have approved a new nucleic acid test to screen donated blood for HIV (RNA), hepatitis C (RNA) and hepatitis B (DNA), all in a single, automated assay.

Super bacteria gives potential to stop dengue fever spread: In a study published in Science this week, a group of Australian researchers found that the lifespan of dengue carrying mosquitoes can be significantly shortened when infected with wolbachia, a specific type of bacterium that acts to genetically modify its host.

More Americans getting multiple chronic illnesses: More Americans are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, often having more than three at a time, fueling a big rise in out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Can poetry define health? Dr Richard Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Cases Journal, has a go at defining health, using poetry.

Top ten health technology hazards: 10 key medical device risks, and how to steer clear of them.

Cattle bacteria strain a potential pathogen to immunocompetent man: Previously thought to be harmless to humans, a bacteria recognized as a skin commensal of cattle and found in unpasteurized dairy products caused cholangitis in a 72-year-old man.