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On May 11,2011

Dr. Shankar P.R.

"On looking back through my Gmail archives after being requested by the journal to write a short editorial about my experiences of publishing with the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), I came across an e-mail from Dr. Hemant Jain, Editor, in March 2007, which introduced the new electronic journal. The main features of the journal which were outlined in the e-mail were extensive author support, cash rewards, the peer review process, and other salient features of the journal.
Over a span of over four years, we (I and my colleagues) have published around 25 articles in the journal. In this editorial, I plan to briefly discuss my experiences of publishing with JCDR and the strengths of the journal and to finally address the areas for improvement.
My experiences of publishing with JCDR: Overall, my experiences of publishing withJCDR have been positive. The best point about the journal is that it responds to queries from the author. This may seem to be simple and not too much to ask for, but unfortunately, many journals in the subcontinent and from many developing countries do not respond or they respond with a long delay to the queries from the authors 1. The reasons could be many, including lack of optimal secretarial and other support. Another problem with many journals is the slowness of the review process. Editorial processing and peer review can take anywhere between a year to two years with some journals. Also, some journals do not keep the contributors informed about the progress of the review process. Due to the long review process, the articles can lose their relevance and topicality. A major benefit with JCDR is the timeliness and promptness of its response. In Dr Jain's e-mail which was sent to me in 2007, before the introduction of the Pre-publishing system, he had stated that he had received my submission and that he would get back to me within seven days and he did!
Most of the manuscripts are published within 3 to 4 months of their submission if they are found to be suitable after the review process. JCDR is published bimonthly and the accepted articles were usually published in the next issue. Recently, due to the increased volume of the submissions, the review process has become slower and it ?? Section can take from 4 to 6 months for the articles to be reviewed. The journal has an extensive author support system and it has recently introduced a paid expedited review process. The journal also mentions the average time for processing the manuscript under different submission systems - regular submission and expedited review.
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Overall, the publishing process with JCDR has been smooth, quick and relatively hassle free and I can recommend other authors to consider the journal as an outlet for their work."

Dr. P. Ravi Shankar
KIST Medical College, P.O. Box 14142, Kathmandu, Nepal.
On April 2011

Important Notice

Case report
Year : 2008 | Month : June | Volume : 2 | Issue : 3 | Page : 859 - 861

An Unusual Approach For Treating A Thyroid Nodule.

ALIASGHARZEDEH A Correspondence Address :
Aliasgharzadeh A.MD Assistance professor of MedicineEndocrine and Metabolism Research Team – Emamreza Teaching HospitalFaculty of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences Endocrine and Metabolism Section – Emamreza Teaching Hospital – Golgasht Avenue TABRIZ - IRAN Tel: 04113373944 – 09144024918Fax: 04113373944 E – Mail :


Background: Thyroid nodules commonly occur in the general population. They are often discovered incidentally. Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is the usual practice for correctly diagnosing these nodules.
Case presentation: The patient was a 24 year female. She presented with a thyroid nodule that was discovered incidentally as an otherwise asymptomatic neck mass. When her husband noticed the nodule, he tightly pressed it between his fingers, because of which haemorrhage and a regional wound resulted. In the 2 months and 1 year follow up, there was no nodule in the thyroid, and only a hyperpigmented scar was left at the previous nodule site.
Conclusion: The unusual and exceptional approach of this patient's husband to the thyroid nodule resulted in its disappearance due to external physical pressure. I have not found any report of this kind in my entire search in the medical literature data bases.


Thyroid nodule, Treatment, Crushing

Thyroid nodules are common clinical findings (1). The precise method of approach to the nodules is controversial (2),(3). In most cases, thyroid nodules are found incidentally by patients, relatives, by the physician in general physical exams, or by imaging studies (4). Recommended and generally accepted by endocrinologists, the approach to thyroid nodules (5) is taking history of the nodule, physical examination and assessment of thyroid function by TSH, and then, fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB). The results of this study determine the next step for follow up, whether it is suppressive therapy, or thyroidectomy. In this case report, an unusual and exceptional approach to treat thyroid nodules, will be presented.

Case Report

The patient was a 24 year old woman from the rural area of Tabriz – Iran. One mouth before referral, a swelling on the right side of the anterior neck was found by the patient. A general practitioner (GP) had performed thyroid function tests and a radionuclide scan of the thyroid. Total T4 was 12.5 micorgm/dL, total T3 168 ng/dL, T3RU 25.5% and TSH 0.3 mU/L (patient was on LD contraceptive). Scintigraphy scan (Table/Fig 1) showed a nonhomogenous uptake and an area with low uptake, consistent with a visible lesion. Two days before referral to the endocrine clinic, her husband squeezed the visible nodule between his fingers so tightly, that regional haemorrhage and ulceration resulted. At presentation, the patient was euthyroid. A 2 x 2 cm crusted ulcer was evident on the skin covering the lower portion of the right lobe of the thyroid. I could not palpate the right lobe of the thyroid due to severe pain on the anterior of the neck at the right. The left lobe of the thyroid was palpable by gentle palpation. Cervical lymph nodes were not palpable. Otherwise, the physical exam was unremarkable. Analgesics and oral antibiotics were prescribed. In the follow up visit 2 months later, the anterior neck ulcer was healed. A hyperpigmented scar was evident in the previous ulcer area. There was no palpable nodule in the thyroid. The patient came for a follow up visit, one year later. The patient was euthyroid. The previous ulcer bed was visible likewise, as a hyperpigmented scar (Table/Fig 2). There were no other nodules in the thyroid.

Table/Fig 1: Radionuclide scan was showing nonhomogenous uptake and area with low uptake low uptake consistent with visible lesion.

Table/Fig 2: Hyperpigmented scar at the previous nodule site.


Usually thyroid nodules present as anterior neck masses. When the masses are found incidentally by patients or their relatives before consulting an expert physician, they can cause extreme anxiety. In most instances, before referral to an endocrinologist (6), multiple visits to the GP, surgeons, and other specialists, are done. Physicians, irrespective of their knowledge and specialty (7), perform multiple lab studies, imaging such as ultrasound or radionuclide scans, or even occasionally they peform CT scan or MRI (8). They may do some other studies also (9). Occasionally, before suitable assessments, patients are directly placed on suppressive therapy (10), intra nodular ethanol injection (11), or surgical or endoscopic thyroidectomy.

The logical approach that is applied by endocrinologists, is a history and physical exam, assessment of thyroid function test (TSH, FT4), and FNAB if needed (5). The approach which was used by this patient's husband was extremely unique and exceptional. He squeezed and crushed the nodule with his fingers such that it disappeared, but a cutaneous ulcer resulted. The author tried to find similar reports in electronic data bases with key words such as thyroid, treatments, case reports, crashing, and nodules. There were no other similar reports.

The method used by this man could have been very dangerous. The pressure could have compressed the airway directly, and suffocation was possible. Also, a large subcutaneous haematoma may have been created, and with airway compression, asphyxia could have threatened the patient's life.

The question which arises is that: can external pressure destroy and ablate the thyroid nodule? Considering that there were no similar reports in the literature or controlled study, we cannot answer the question precisely. Some therapeutic measures that work with internal physical damage can be introduced as solutions. There are reports of spontaneous disappearance of some nodule after FNA (B). However, due to ablation of some nodule in natural history, the effect of FNA in destroying thyroid nodules has been questioned (14). Ultrasound guided intranodular ethanol injection is a method that may work with physical and chemical injury to the nodule, and results in nodule ablation (15). Also, laser therapy which can produce intranodular temperature and thermal injury to the nodule, can destroy the nodule (16). Many thyroid nodules can degenerate spontaneously (17) and result in haemorrhagic cysts. Some of these cysts may not recur after evacuation in FNA.

With regard to these documents, one may conclude that external pressure also can destroy and ablate thyroid nodules. But due to potential hazards of this method, we cannot recommend this as a logical treatment procedure.


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