Orthopaedic surgeons move young woman’s heart

The BBC are carrying an interesting case report of a young woman with severe scoliosis. The deformity had shifted her mediastinum and heart to the right but, after corrective surgery, her symptoms of back pain and the heart shift have resolved. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8160522.stm “A spokeswoman for the Scoliosis Association said: ‘If scoliosis goes untreated, it will […]

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Gastric outlet obstruction from a caecal volvulus, herniated through epiploic foramen: a case report

This is an unusual, and we think first reported, case of gastric outlet obstruction due to herniation of the caecum and ileum through the epiploic foramen. It demonstrates the usefulness of contrast CT in the pre-operative evaluation of such patients presenting with acute abdomen. What I particularly like is the hand drawn operative findings by […]

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Lancet reports girl feeling well and living after her heart is removed.

“Follow-up of Hannah Clark—who had a donor heart grafted onto her own after suffering heart failure as an infant—after having the transplanted heart removed, now aged 16.” is reported in The Lancet Lancet Online First 14th July 2009 This case report not only explores the surgical management of heart failure but also the immunology and […]

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Biomed Central accepting case reports … again

“Following the recent departure of the Journal of Medical Case Reports from BioMed Central’s portfolio, the medical journals in the BMC series have started considering case reports again.” http://blogs.openaccesscentral.com/blogs/bmcblog/entry/submit_your_next_case_report1 It seems that case reports are among the most popular pages on the open-access journals website. This renaissance in publishing (and reading) case reports is very […]

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Lantus rumours, share prices and IGF-1

Sanofi-aventis’s share price has been affected by rumours of a cancer risk with their insulin analogue Lantus. http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLP34230220090625 The source of the rumour and whether it consists of case reports, population studies, or further in-vitro work is not known but there have been concerns about glargine before. It appears to stimulate IGF-1 receptors more than […]

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