July Case of the Month

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Authors: Scott Sosin, DO, Radiology Resident, Department of Radiology, Atlantic Health System-Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ; Marci Handler, MD, PGY3, Radiology Resident, Department of Radiology, Atlantic Health System- Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ; Rita Yeretsian, MD, Attending Physician, Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, Atlantic Health System-Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ

Why did you select this case for submission?

I have a particular interest in anatomic variants and their relative benignity and/or pathologic correlates. This case is one of many such examples that I have had the privilege of seeing at my institution.

What should readers learn from this case?

Vascular anatomic variants have significant implications with regard to physiology and flow dynamics, which can lead to aneurysm formation.

What did you learn from working on the case?

Recognizing a typically “benign” anatomic entity often is not enough. Rather, its identification should prompt closer inspection for any well-documented associated pathology.

How did guidance from senior staff at your institution impact your learning and case development?

I am fortunate to have terrific mentors at my institution (Atlantic Health System), who are always willing to teach and explain the details of our most interesting cases. Their enthusiasm is contagious!

Why did you choose Case in Point for submission of your case?

Case in Point is the most respected radiology case repository on the Internet. I felt this case deserved the kind of exposure within our profession that only Case in Point could provide.

What is the appeal of online learning tools such as Case in Point as opposed to print learning venues?

Online learning is just so accessible, and so easy to squeeze into an otherwise busy day of clinical or administrative duties. Print materials could never provide the level of casual convenience that electronic CME offers.

Are you a regular reader of Case in Point? What are your favorite types of cases?

Yes, I try to keep up with Case in Point on a weekly basis, at the very least. I find it is an excellent resource for keeping skills sharp, and reinforcing what I have learned from textbook readings. There is nothing quite like seeing a “real world” example.

Is there anything else you'd like readers to know about your case?

You never know what you might find in your stack of studies! I am learning to always keep my eyes peeled. Expect the unexpected.

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