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Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World - Geoffrey Pasvol
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  • 1. Case Reports, Infectious Diseases and the Developing World Geoffrey Pasvol Professor of Infection & Tropical Medicine Consultant in Infection & Tropical Medicine Associate Editor, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Director, Imperial Wellcome Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine Imperial College London Celebrating Case Reports, Friday May 15, 2009
  • 2. Out of the Tropics/Developing World …………
    • ‘ ex Africa semper aliquid novi’
    • Pliny the Elder
    • Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine a truly fertile ground- rich in variety, complexity and intrigue
  • 3. The Triad in Case Reports
    • The Reader
    • The Author
    • The Editor
  • 4. So why NOT Case Reports?
    • The Reader
        • Anecdotal
        • Unsubstantiated
        • Unedifying
        • Unscientific
    • The Author
        • Lengthy review process
        • Pot luck!
    • The Editor
        • Impact factor
        • Who will review
        • Titles/keywords to confuse or reveal?
    • “ CR remain CR”
  • 5. So why Case Reports?
    • The Reader
        • Aids clinical practice
        • Stimulating
        • Interesting
        • Challenging
    • The Author
        • A step on the publication ladder
        • Source of research ideas
        • Important eg ADR
    • The Editor
        • Readable
        • Space-filler
  • 6. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
    • One of the top ranked Journals in Tropical Medicine
    • Impact Factor 2-3
    • Published since 1907
    • Online submission free of page charges
    • Manuscripts - peer-reviewed online
    • Accepted papers - published electronically on ScienceDirect ® and immediately indexed by PubMed
    • 8 Case reports Jan 2008- May 2009
  • 7. From Bhubaneswar, India
    • A successful outcome of gross haematuria (due to lymphatic filariasis) treated with diethylcarbamazine and ivermectin.
    • Kerketta et al, 2008
  • 8. From New Delhi, India
    • Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Nepal:
    • Leishmania major as a cause.
    • Kumar et al, 2008
  • 9. From New Delhi, India
    • Immune response following miltefosine therapy in a patient with post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis.
    • Ansari et al, 2008
  • 10. From Alexandroupolis, Greece
    • Maggot infestation (myiasis) of external fixation pin sites in diabetic patients.
    • Verettasa et al, 2008
  • 11. From Piaui, Brazil
    • Myiasis in the uterine cavity of an elderly woman with a complete uterine prolapse.
    • Lopes-Costa et al, 2008
  • 12. From Lima, Peru
    • Cervical tumor caused by the sexually mature stage of Fasciola hepatica.
    • Luis et al, 2009
  • 13. From Cape Town, South Africa
    • First case report of pharyngeal cysticercosis.
    • Sobnach et al, 2009
  • 14. From Khon Kaen, Thailand
    • Sequential imaging studies of cerebral gnathostomiasis with subdural hemorrhage as its complication.
    • Sawanyawisutha et al, 2009
    • Gnathostoma spinigerum
  • 15. Case Reports and the Developing World
    • The Reader
        • Access: Internet, CD, DVD, paper, laminated cards
        • A repository of knowledge
        • ‘ Small Is Beautiful’
    • The Author
        • Disadvantaged: Lacks diagnostic tools (esp dev countries)
        • Language
        • Open access?
        • Encouraging
        • Inclusive
    • The Editor
        • Colour; powerful image
        • Reviewing- what allowances
        • Copyediting
  • 16. Confessions…………
    • 1984 Pneumonia due to Legionella bozemanii first report of a case in Europe. Journal of Infection 8: 251-255.
    • 1996 Leptospirosis in pregnancy: an unusual and relatively unrecognised cause of death in man. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 16: 163-165
    • *1996 Fatal quinine cardiotoxicity in the treatment of falciparum malaria. Transactions Royal Society of Tropical Medicine 90: 305-307.
    • 2000 Acute adrenal insufficiency precipitated by isolated involvement of the adrenal gland by tuberculosis. Journal of Infection. 39: 244-245.
    • *2002 Malarone ® treatment failure and in vitro confirmation of resistance of P falciparum isolate from Lagos, Nigeria. Malaria Journal 1(1) 1-4
    • 2002 Severe acute symptomatic hyponatraemia in falciparum malaria. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine 96: 647-648
    • 2003 Amoebic abscess in the left lobe of the liver masquerading as pyelonephritis. Journal of Infection 46: 249-250
    • *2005 Kikuchi's disease: a rare cause of meningitis? Clinical Infectious Diseases. 41:e80-2.
    • *2005 Pneumococcal meningitis and etanercept--chance or association? Journal of Infection. 51:E49-51 .
    • (2005) Images in clinical medicine Chromoblastomycosis. New England Journal of Medicine. 352 : e19.
    • (2005) Successful treatment of severe Kikuchi’s disease with intravenous immunoglobulin. Rheumatology. 235-236
  • 17. “From Case Report to Clinic……”
  • 18. “From Case Report to Clinic……”
  • 19. “From Case Report to Clinic……”
  • 20. So for all……….
    • Raises questions
    • Ambivalence
    • The best- the worst
    • Just because they are fun, harmless but possess potential
    • Teach, research and practice
    • So why not celebrate?
  • 21. Lest anyone doubt ………………….
    • ‘ I come to celebrate case reports, not to bury them !’
    • Plenty the Wiser
  • 22. Acknowledgements
    • Bo Drasar (Editor) and The Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    • www.rstmh.org/transactions.asp
    • Healthcare Information for all by 2015
    • www. hifa2015 .org
    • The Organisers

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