Illustrated Teaching Cases Review Topics Likely to be Encountered in Practice
Sophia Sundararajan, MD, PhD, and Shadi Yaghi, MD
Unlike many case presentations, the Illustrative Teaching Cases in Stroke are not designed to present zebras, but rather to review things typically seen in practice. The hope is that this series will create a body of work that presents common topics encountered in stroke patients with discussions that inform the management of similar conditions.
The primary audience for these discussions is residents and fellows. An actual case is presented and discussed, and bulleted teaching points are included at the end of the article. The case is presented succinctly, and the discussion is the bulk of the paper. The articles are short and easy to read, and they are a quick way to review clinical “pearls” in cerebrovascular disease.
The purpose of this series is not to focus on esoteric or unusual cases, but to review and stress points that trainees are likely to encounter during their training and beyond. The focus of each case varies. In some cases, the key feature is a review of neuroanatomy. Another may review types of testing for a specific condition or the differential diagnosis for a particular symptom. The focus should not be related to a technical advance or how to do a procedure.