A. Erdem Bagatur1, Merter Yalçınkaya2

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Medicana International Istanbul Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Metin Sabanci Baltalimani Bone Diseases Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Keywords: Case reports; peer review; publishing; research.


Case report is the oldest and the best-known type of publication in medicine. Many original observations, recognition of new diseases, novel diagnostic and therapeutic methods, unusual forms of common diseases, and complications were first published as case reports. Case reports have become a standard and indispensable part of the medical literature. However, getting a case report published in a respectable journal was never more troublesome. In this essay, pearls and pitfalls as well as the importance of writing a case report for a journal have been further discussed.