Report of successful forequarter amputation

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) surgeon David Nott provided a very public case report of successful forequarter amputation this week. http://www.msf.org.uk/surgery_by_text_message_20081203.news What made this extraordinary was that he and the patient were in Congo, he had never performed the procedure before and he received instructions on how to do it from a surgical colleague in the […]

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Haemorrhagic transformation of a recent silent cerebral infarct during thrombolytic stroke treatment

This case report highlights the challenge of radiology interpretation in acute cases especially where effective treatment is time critical. Often an investigation will have an obvious abnormality that accounts for the presenting symptoms but elsewhere, in an unrelated part of the scan, another abnormality may be present. Even in experienced teams such other findings may […]

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What shall we do with case reports?

Case reports are popular and well-known but they have attracted criticism. They can distract the reader with the unusual. They are often not cited and mainstream journals are reluctant to publish them since they may lower impact factor. Their conclusions are rarely investigated further and may not be relevant outside the novelty of the case. […]

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