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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 161

It's raining stories - Hallelujah

Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission13-Aug-2021
Date of Acceptance13-Aug-2021
Date of Web Publication31-Aug-2021

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Dr. Sharmila Banerjee Mukherjee
Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, Bangla Sahib Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipcares.ipcares_255_21

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Mukherjee SB. It's raining stories - Hallelujah. Indian Pediatr Case Rep 2021;1:161

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Mukherjee SB. It's raining stories - Hallelujah. Indian Pediatr Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 8];1:161. Available from: http://www.ipcares.org/text.asp?2021/1/3/161/325095

This is the third issue of Indian Pediatrics Case Reports, and I am proud to announce that we have started getting many more high-quality submissions now. Given that we are in the middle of the monsoons, and is it raining cats and dogs outside, I cannot think of a better title than the one that has been given. It is in continuation with the themes of the previous editorials, and based on a popular Geri Halliwell song!

Let me share some observations that I have made with respect to the content of this issue that I believe are in alignment with what we had envisioned for our journal.

  1. Story background: Out of the 12 selected case reports, 8 (75%) are from the private setup. This includes medical colleges, multi-specialty hospitals, smaller hospitals, and centers. Four (25%) are from Government medical colleges. This means we have caught the interest of private practitioners and they have started sharing their stories with us. We would also welcome contributions from practitioners working in smaller settings. You may not realize it, but you have a wealth of clinical material that can benefit our readers.
  2. Range of stories: We have cases covering a myriad of dimensions: general pediatrics, infectious diseases, pediatric sub-specialties, fetal medicine, neonatology, orthopedics, and pediatric surgery.
  3. Crux of the stories: The case reports published in this issue include: (i) Uncommon presentations of common disorders: sternal tuberculosis, acute pancreatitis in coronavirus infection, manifestations of bereavement, childhood apraxia of speech in autism, aplastic anemia in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), recurrent infections in SLE, neonatal Scrub typhus, and a right ventricular abscess following traumatic osteomyelitis; (ii) Common masquerades of uncommon conditions: desaturation during feeding due to 20p duplication syndrome, fatty liver due to cholesteryl ester storage disease, acute gastroenteritis due to cecal duplication; and (iii) Rare disorder: Neonatal Marfan's syndrome. I can appreciate additional facets: 91.6% were national and 8.4% international; 75% involved multi-disciplinary collaboration; and the establishment of diagnosis was made by genetic testing in 25%

  4. People tend to think that a case report has to be something extremely rare. Only one of the cases is an extremely rare condition. We look for uniqueness and novelty certainly, but it can revolve around any dimension of a clinical condition; expanding the clinical phenotype, establishing the diagnosis, or using some novel or innovative line of management that has been adapted to the challenges of the circumstances in which we work in.

  5. Promoting budding writers: The stories have been written by authors at different levels of competency in terms of writing scientific literature that may not necessarily reflect their years of experience in pediatrics. That is the magic of adult learning. You can embark upon the intoxicating adventure of writing whether you are in the spring, summer, autumn, or winter of your career. We at IPCares are here to guide you on your journey, provided the storyline is honest and riveting.

I really look forward to receiving feedback from our readers. We are yet to inaugurate the section “Letter to the Editor” because we have not received any feedback from our readers related to previously published articles. The same applies to the neonatology quiz and clinical crossword. We are seriously thinking of discontinuing the latter. Hence, this request comes straight from the heart of everyone in our team; please do write to us and tell us what you think about our various sections.

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