Having a standardisedapproach to writing articles ensures that readers have a consistent experience and that the website, as a whole, feels cohesive. As a result, we’ve created some guidelines to assist you when writing your clinical article.
Each article needs to provide a succinct overview of the relevant clinical condition. You should avoid including an excessive amount of detail and try to convey only the key points. These articles need to be pitched at the level of a final year medical student who is wanting to revisetopics that they already have some knowledge of.
You should also read our guide to appropriately formatting your article, to increase the chances of it being published on the Geeky Medics website.
Your article should begin with a briefexplanation of the condition or topic that the article is covering. If the article is about a specificcondition (e.g. acute pancreatitis), you should begin by defining what the condition is.
An ectopicpregnancy is one that occurs anywhere outside of the uterus. The most common location for ectopic pregnancy to occur is in one of the fallopiantubes.
Aetiology and Risk Factors
The next section should cover aetiology and risk factors of the condition.
There is often no identifiable cause for ectopic pregnancy, however, the following riskfactors are associated with an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy:
History of pelvic inflammatory disease (resulting in tubal occlusion due to adhesions)
The clinical features section should provide a succinct summary of how the condition can present, including symptoms and clinicalsigns. You should break this section down into the following subsections:
History (most common symptoms and less common symptoms)
Clinical Examination (most common findings and less common findings)
The mostcommon symptoms include:
Amenorrhoea or a missed period
Vaginal bleeding (with or without clots)
Lesscommon symptoms include:
Dizziness, fainting or syncope
Shoulder tip pain
Passage of products of conception
Pelvic or abdominal tenderness
This section should brieflysummarise what other diagnoses can present in a similar way and therefore should be considered.
The clinical presentation of ectopic pregnancy is similar to several other conditions including:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
This section should provide a succinctsummary of the importantinvestigations that should be carried out if this condition is suspected.
You should break down this section into sub-sections based upon the type of investigation: