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.

Both invited and unsolicited cases have been presented and discussed. Topics presented have included cardiac monitoring for cryptogenic stroke, sickle cell disease and stroke, patent foramen ovale, carotid dissection, and use of dual anti-platelets in ischemic stroke. 

We invite residents and fellows to present cases they have seen and discuss what can be learned from them. Since we do not wish to repeat topics, authors may wish to review past cases prior to writing up a particular case.

For more information about submitting an Illustrative Teaching Case to Stroke, please refer to the Instructions for Authors.

Sophia Sundararajan and Shadi Yaghi are Section Editors for the Stroke Illustrative Teaching Cases.