Q about writing a case report

Discussion in 'Student Research and Publishing' started by Dr.Surgeon, Sep 28, 2014.

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  1. Dr.Surgeon

    Dr.Surgeon 2+ Year Member

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    I've never done one of these, but my attending and I encountered a case that he claimed to be very unusual and he'd never heard of such thing before etc. Anyways, he wants me to write this thing up but after i've researched the topic, although it is uncommon, I found 2 other cases of exact same thing. So my question is should I still attempt to write it up even though almost exact same case has been published before? Is there any chance of it being published?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Medix450

    Medix450 2+ Year Member

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    how recently were they published? has the way they disease/case/whatever been dealt with more effectively, had a different result than the others? Any new implications of the illness? maybe the aetiology is better understood? You should still write it, if its the first case in 40 years, and since only 2 others have been reported its incredibly rare, so give it a shot.
     
  4. Dr.Surgeon

    Dr.Surgeon 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for your reply! One case was from 1970, another one in 2010. Our case was very similar as 2010 and was dealt with the same :-/
     
  5. Medix450

    Medix450 2+ Year Member

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    well I guess let your supervisor know, and go from there. Since there have only been 3 published cases, its incredibly rare so you may still have a shot!
     
  6. medstudent7860

    medstudent7860 2+ Year Member

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    I have a question as well...what about writing a case report about something that is not uncommon but the management was complicated?
     
  7. Medix450

    Medix450 2+ Year Member

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    if you think you can write a long enough discussion and give clues to why it was complex then id say go ahead
     
  8. NeuroLAX

    NeuroLAX Discere faciendo 2+ Year Member

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    Only 2 other cases in the literature? Yes and yes, depending on the journal. Keep the journals in which the other case reports were published in mind.
     
  9. Dr.Surgeon

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    Awesome, thanks :)
     

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