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Virchow-Robin spaces

19 Mar, 15 | by Kristy Ebanks

Hydrocephalus due to extreme dilatation of Virchow-Robin spaces

We have some very interesting images for you but, can you answer the questions below?

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1. What are Virchow Robin spaces?
2. What do these images show?
3. How would you manage this hydrocephalus?

If you don’t know the answers or want to know more read ’Hydrocephalus due to extreme dilatation of Virchow-Robin spaces

Student Editor BMJ Case Reports

19 Feb, 15 | by Kristy Ebanks

BMJ Case Reports is looking for a medical student to work with us to enhance the journal for student authors and readers. BMJ Case Reports is an award winning online journal that publishes articles in all specialties – there are currently more than 10,000 published articles from 70 countries.

We want the Student Editor to identify the cases that are of most value for medical students and highlight these in our Blog – these will be the cases that have excellent learning points for students at all stages of their training and may be “textbook cases”.

You will also work on our newly created Global Health blog where where we feature case reports that discuss the social determinants of health and challenges (and potential solutions) to important Global Health problems. We are keen to develop this collection and to attract articles based on student electives.

We estimate that you will need to devote two to three hours per week to the role. You will have access to all the published articles and you may submit your own to be peer reviewed. You will be listed on our Editorial Board with a brief biography and we will support your attendance at events for medical students so you can promote BMJ Case Reports.

You can work remotely and you are welcome to visit us at BMA House and to attend any editorial meetings.

If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and ideas on how to improve the value of BMJ Case Reports for medical students to bmjcasereports@bmj.com before 31st March 2015. We welcome applications from students in any year.

A straight-forward stroke?

6 Feb, 15 | by Kristy Ebanks

A typical presentation of type A aortic dissection

We have some very interesting images for you but, can you answer the questions below?

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1. How common is non-carotid disease stroke?
2. How would you routinely investigate a patient who presents with stroke?
3. Which patients benefit from anti-coagulation to prevent a first stroke?

If you don’t know the answers or want to know more read ’A straight-forward stroke? May be not: atypical presentation of type A aortic dissection

Quiescent infective endocarditis in a patient with bronchopneumonia

30 Jan, 15 | by Kristy Ebanks

Splenic abscess

We have a very interesting image for you but, can you answer the questions below?

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1. What would be your differential diagnosis in Figure 1?
2. What factors would determine whether you perform a splenectomy?
3. What is the latest evidence in terms of post-splenectomy sepsis?

If you don’t know the answers or want to know more read ’Splenic abscess as a potential initial manifestation of quiescent infective endocarditis in a patient with bronchopneumonia

Australian boy is first to receive ‘artificial pancreas’ insulin pump

26 Jan, 15 | by Dr Dean Jenkins

Xavier Hames is a four year old boy with Type 1 diabetes and he has been fitted with an insulin pump that senses glucose levels and stops insulin – a step closer to an ‘artificial pancreas’. An artificial pancreas adds a glucose sensor to an insulin pump so that it can sense when to reduce or stop insulin to avoid hypoglycaemia. More sophisticated devices are being developed to improve the management of people requiring insulin.

Xavier’s story has been widely reported in the news:

“Diabetes breakthrough hailed as Australian boy given artificial pancreas” http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/21/australian-boy-given-artificial-pancreas-to-help-manage-type-1-diabetes

“World-first insulin pump for diabetic Perth boy Xavier Hames” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-21/perth-boy-becomes-first-patient-fitted-with-artifical-pancreas/6032388

“Four-year-old Perth boy Xavier Hames has become the first patient in the world to receive an artificial pancreas as part of his routine diabetic care.” https://lockerdome.com/biosolutionscorp/7346894150058004

“A four-year-old Australian boy has been fitted with an artificial pancreas in what researchers said was a world first treatment for managing type 1 diabetes.” http://medicalobserverph.com/features-australian-boy-4-gets-world-first-artificial-pancreas/

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A word from the Editor In Chief – 10,000+ cases!

21 Jan, 15 | by Kristy Ebanks

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found that you could not stand, your legs simply won’t move.

This was exactly what the patient in this, our 10 000th case at BMJ Case Reports, discovered.

He presented to the Accident and Emergency Department with sudden bilateral lower limb paralysis and urinary retention. How would you manage his care? What would you do? He needs urgent attention. Is this trauma? Is there cord compression? Could this be Guillain – Barre? Could the paralysis become generalized? Will he stop breathing?

Put yourself in this patient’s position. How would you feel? Put yourself in the admitting doctor’s position. There is a need to act fast. Multiple disciplines will need to consult. The patient may need intensive care.

What is your working diagnosis? What do you need to exclude? How will you investigate?

Read on and tell us what you would do. How would discover what is wrong? How would you discuss this with the patient? What about his family?

Read on and find out whether the symptoms improve…. Sudden flaccid paralysis

The 10,000th BMJ Case Report

8 Jan, 15 | by Kristy Ebanks

Sudden flaccid paralysis

We have reached a milestone with this case but, can you answer the questions below?

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1. What may precipitate sudden onset paralysis?
2. What is seen in these two MRI figures?
3. What is the differential diagnosis?

If you don’t know the answers or want to know more read ’Sudden flaccid paralysis

The value of case reports

16 Dec, 14 | by Dr Dean Jenkins

Can case reports reveal the clinical value of radiology?

An odd question I know but a team of researchers from Germany asked very much that in a recently published paper. They concluded with the following answer:

“In case reports published in a prominent general medical journal radiological imaging is an important key player in the diagnostic process. In many cases, it is also the diagnostic tool which ultimately leads to determining the final diagnosis.” (1)

We are glad to see the prominent journal being our very own BMJ Case Reports. One aim – of pulling nearly 10,000 case reports into one place – has been to explore what additional value can be found in the collection. Data mining to look at the diagnostic value of radiology in challenging cases is one of them and the authors of this paper argue the case for that.

Please feel free to use BMJ Case Reports in your methods section. It is one of the most prestigious places to be in a paper. What data mining would you look for?

1 Wiesinger I, Scharf G, Platz N, et al. Evaluation of the contribution of radiological imaging to the final diagnosis in medical case reports. Eur Radiol 2014;:1–6. doi:10.1007/s00330-014-3537-7

Data visualisation

Data mining – another use for Case Reports?

Rare Case Of Severe Cholangiopathy Following Critical Illness

12 Nov, 14 | by Kristy Ebanks

Severe Cholangiopathy

We have some very interesting images for you but, can you answer the questions below?

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1. What is secondary sclerosing cholangitis?
2. What are the causes?
3. What are the potential complications in the short and the long term?

If you don’t know the answers or want to know more read ’Rare Case Of Severe Cholangiopathy Following Critical Illness

Mandibular swelling in a 5 year old child

28 Oct, 14 | by Kristy Ebanks

Mandibular myofibroma

We have some very interesting images for you but, can you answer the questions below?

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1. Would you regard this primarily as a tumor?
2. How important would the histopathological exam be?
3. How would you manage it?

If you don’t know the answers or want to know more read ’Mandibular swelling in a 5 year old child- Mandibular myofibroma

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