Case report journal pulls paper on metastatic ovarian cancer with falsified data
The journal Case Reports in Medicine has retracted a 2012 article by a group of Turkish authors who made up things in the piece.
The paper, “Brain Metastasis as an Initial Manifestation of Ovarian Carcinoma: A Case Report,” came from ob-gyns at Hacettepe University in Ankara, and purported to relate the case of
A 30-year-old gravida 2, para 2 woman admitted to our hospital with complaints of headache, nausea, vomiting, and right-sided blurred vision. She did not report any previous medical history or malignancy. Her neurologic examination revealed a right optic disc edema suggesting a posterior orbital mass. Her cranial computerized tomography (CT) scan showed multiple lesions that are a 6 mm mass on the right parietal lobe, a 16 mm mass on the left occipital, and another 7 mm mass on the left temporal lobe (Figures 1 and 2). All the lesions were hyperintense and surrounded by edema which suggests a metastatic cancer. Her cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) also confirmed similar findings suggestive of a metastatic cancer to the brain.
Except that, evidently, it did not.
According to the retraction notice:
The paper titled “Brain Metastasis as an Initial Manifestation of Ovarian Carcinoma: A Case Report” , published in Case Reports in Medicine, has been retracted as it was found to include falsified data in the pathology report of the patient included.
The paper has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.