Case Report Guidelines

Criteria for Case Reports

  • Unreported or unusual side effects or adverse interactions involving medications.
  • Unexpected or unusual presentations of a disease.
  • New associations or variations in disease processes.
  • Presentations, diagnoses and/or management of new and emerging diseases.
  • An unexpected association between diseases or symptoms.
  • An unexpected event in the course of observing or treating a patient.
  • Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect.
  • Must submit both the case report AND, either, an approved “Determination form” OR an approved IRB protocol letter (“Reliance form” for DHR Residents).
  • NO case report will be approved for inclusion to the Symposium Program without submission and approval of either one of those forms.

Submitted case reports should make a contribution to medical knowledge and must have educational value or highlight the need for a change in clinical practice or diagnostic/prognostic approaches. The scientific committee will not consider case reports describing preventive or therapeutic interventions, as these generally require stronger evidence.

Background

The Background section should explain the background to the case report or study, its aims, a summary of the existing literature.

Case presentation

This section should include a description of the patient’s relevant demographic details, medical history, symptoms and signs, treatment or intervention, outcomes and any other significant details.

Discussion and Conclusions

This should discuss the relevant existing literature and should state clearly the main conclusions, including an explanation of their relevance or importance to the field.