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How Authors Can Cope With the Burden of English as an International Language: Peer Revision Draft

Despite improvements in the suturing method for closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defects (VSD), the postoperative incidence of complete right bundle branch block (CRBBB) has remained from 20 to 62%. Conventionally, stitches have been placed away from the posterior-inferior rim of the defect, hoping thereby to avoid the bundle of His in its left ventricular…

How Authors Can Cope With the Burden of English as an International Language: EIL Author Draft

She has coauthored two books about academic writing and is on the editorial board of the journal English for Specific Purposes. She has worked as an EIL teacher for 22 years and has served as consultant for the US Department of State. Both authors brought different strengths to the audience during the interactive sessions of…

How Authors Can Cope With the Burden of English as an International Language

English is the language of the most widely read and quoted medical journals. This poses a challenge for many authors whose native language is not English. Such authors struggle with the English language burden just as native English-speaking professionals are challenged by language barriers in countries where another language is spoken. Given these linguistic challenges,…

Paraneoplastic Polymyositis Associated With Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung: Discussion

There have been various reports in the medical literature describing the association between lung cancer and polymyositis. Some authors consider this a tenuous relationship at best. Others point to an increased risks of malignancy overall in those with polymyositis, but the risk is far less common than with dermatomyositis. Lymphomas, bladder, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers…

Paraneoplastic Polymyositis Associated With Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung: Results

Transbronchial biopsies and right hilar transbronchial needle aspirate were nondiagnostic. Cytologic findings of BAL of the right upper lobe were positive for squamous cell carcinoma (SQCCA). Mediastinoscopy and metastatic workup including bone scan and head CT were negative. Anti-Smith, anti-ribonucleoprotein, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody, anti-HU serology findings were also negative. A trial of corticosteroids was initiated…

Paraneoplastic Polymyositis Associated With Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung: Case Report

Paraneoplastic syndrome (PNS) is a constellation of signs and symptoms that are unrelated to the local effects of the primary tumor or its metastases and can present as the first sign of malignancy. PNS occurs in 7 to 10% of all patients with cancer. The association between various cancers and polymyositis has been reported.2 Lung…

Sirolimus-Induced Pulmonary Hypersensitivity Associated With a CD4 T-Cell Infiltrate: Discussion

In view of the potentially catastrophic effects of infections in the immunocompromised host and the broad differential diagnosis, the appearance of pulmonary infiltrates in individuals after solid-organ transplantation merits an aggressive diagnostic approach. Our patient’s illness was unresponsive to standard broad-spectrum antibacterial treatment, which prompted further investigation. The diagnosis of SRL-IPH in this case is…

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