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Capturing zebras: what to do with a reportable case.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10976261     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We had attempted to publish a report of an unusual manifestation of an uncommon disease discovered at autopsy. The case report was not accepted for publication because we had failed to order a highly specific test that would have unequivocally confirmed the diagnosis we entertained and subsequently wrote about. After much deliberation about this case and an extensive review of the literature, we now believe that there is a preferred approach to dealing with a reportable case. Because physicians seldom encounter cases that are reportable, we felt that sharing the important lessons we learned from our missed opportunity might prove helpful and encourage those who are considering preparing a case report for publication.
S M Wright; C Kouroukis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne     Volume:  163     ISSN:  0820-3946     ISO Abbreviation:  CMAJ     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-09-21     Completed Date:  2000-09-21     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9711805     Medline TA:  CMAJ     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  429-31     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., USA.
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MeSH Terms
Medical Records*
Publishing / standards*
Writing / standards*

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