Case description

Last revised by Dr Abbas M. Mahmood on 02 Aug 2021

A case description has two components:

  • presentation
  • case discussion

This refers to the clinical information you should write as part of your case which can include relevant past history and laboratory studies. It is included in the field immediately below the case title on the left-hand side of the patient information.  

Complications, if part of the initial disease process (e.g. hemorrhage as a complication of cerebral aneurysms), should be included in the clinical presentation. 

This refers to relevant discussion points and imaging features relating to your particular case (and not that particular condition); this section is below your images and you can link related articles into this section. 

If you are struggling to write a case discussion remember it can be as brief as two-or-three sentences or bullet points and can be focused purely on some teaching points or what makes the case typical or atypical. 

Case discussion vs article is built around the idea of two very different types of content: cases and articles.

Cases, in their description, should have findings or information pertinent only to that particular individual case, and delegate discussion of the topic in general to the related article, which can be added as a link in the case discussion or in the dedicated box at the bottom of the case. 

This is so that:

  • information on a particular condition does not get duplicated, and potentially contradictory when it is included multiple times at the bottom of numerous cases
  • discussion on a topic is editable by all users (cases are only editable by the contributing author and editors)
  • avoids wasting too much time on discussions when articles already exist on the topic

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