In Featured Cases, we aim to present interactive clinical cases demonstrating both classical and unusual presentations of neuromuscular disease for shared learning.

Diagnosed, undiagnosed and flipped cases will be shared regularly, and we welcome submissions from members and non-members.

We hear from Riyad El-Khoury, Head of Neuromuscular Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory at the American University of Beirut, on how this content is developed.

How did it come about?

As part of ongoing work to deliver valuable content on the WMS website for both members and non-members, it was suggested to introduce a novel section that displays online cases of neuromuscular diseases in an interactive format.

Our vision was to provide educational and interactive online clinical cases that enhance learning and promote the interest and engagement of residents, physicians and scientists from various disciplines within neuromuscular disorders.

We set out to display cases in different formats to highlight the vast variety of neuromuscular diseases clinical presentations. We also wanted to provide deeper insights into the various approaches, namely pathology, EDXs, and MRI, that are key in the diagnostic procedure of this group of diseases.

Who was involved?

A small group of enthusiastic physicians and scientists with diverse medical and scientific backgrounds and areas of expertise volunteered to develop this section.

From Lebanon to Turkey, to France and the United States, their common passion for neuromuscular diseases fuels their commitment.

How did you choose which cases to use?

Our major goal at the WMS is to promote interest, learning, and engagement in neuromuscular diseases. For that reason, our selection process focuses on cases that contain both practical and educational messages that strengthen and expand knowledge on clinical manifestation, diagnostic approaches, or therapeutic alternatives of a disease.

For instance, in flipped cases we aim at highlighting the contribution of neuromuscular pathology, electromyography, or imaging to the diagnostic procedure of neuromuscular diseases and at enabling pathologic pattern recognition.

In each flipped case, nerve/muscle micrographs, electrophysiology or images with descriptions and interpretations will be displayed along with a chief complaint.

What sort of cases would you like to be able to share in the future?

We aim to share clinical cases with usual and unusual presentations that covers a broad range of neuromuscular disorders. Displayed cases will be divided into solved, unsolved and flipped cases and will strive for enhancing learning in neuromuscular medicine.

This section is open access for now with some cases moving to our members only section in the coming months.

How can others get involved?

Members and non-members are highly encouraged to participate by providing their own cases

By participating, they will contribute to the diversification of displayed cases, which will provide the opportunity to survey a large variety of clinical cases with a large spectrum of presentations.

For any enquiries, please feel free to write to the Featured Cases Committee on cases@worldmusclesociety.org

 

Published on 14 March 2022.

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