Presentation (case)

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 15 Dec 2021

Presentation refers to the clinical details that need to be included as part of Radiopaedia cases and can include symptoms, signs, physical examination findings, relevant past history and/or laboratory studies. Complications, if part of the initial disease process (e.g. hemorrhage as a complication of cerebral aneurysms), should be included in the clinical presentation. This is used in quiz mode and helps to frame the case. 

The presentation field is immediately below the case title on the left-hand side. Ideally, the presentation should be no more than 2-3 lines and contain relevant information only. Patient data such as age and gender should not be included in the presentation field but in the patient data section. The presentation section needs to be written in full sentences following sentence case. 

Examples

  • Sudden onset headache.
  • Chronic constipation.
  • Chronic cough, with recent weight loss.

Don'ts

  • don't include the diagnosis
  • try not to be too obvious (e.g. "45-year old woman with calf pain, after a long flight, now presents with pleuritic chest pain.")
  • don't make the presentation too long and involved

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