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Minima Medicamenta

 

Minima Medicamenta is a professional journal published by the Malta Medical Students’ Association. The publication is intended to act as a bridge between the pre-clinical and clinical journeys of medical school, by serving as a platform that encourages medical students to improve their clinical writing skills, and broaden their interest in research. The contents of the journal include namely case reports and literature reviews on various topics.

Editor-in-Chief:
Ms Georgiana Farrugia

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  • Spiteri, Francesca (MMSA, 2013)
    Case regarding a two-year-old boy who presented to A&E with a 7 day history of fever up to 101.8 ºF associated with symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection with cough, vomiting and diarrhoea and bilateral non-purulent ...
  • Vella Baldacchino, Andrea; Tabone, Trevor (MMSA, 2013)
    A 6-week old baby was brought to A&E by her parents, after a 3 week history of frequent vomiting, not tolerating feeds, and weight loss. She was well for the first 3 weeks of life, before she stopped tolerating any feeds. ...
  • Camilleri, Ramona (MMSA, 2013)
    Three-day-old baby girl, transferred to NPICU because of low saturations and a development of a murmur. Following a number of rigourous test and the appropriate investigations, she was diagnosed with Transposition of the ...
  • Bertuello, Isaac; Grech, Maria Grazia (MMSA, 2013)
    The Malta Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) has once again taken on the task of putting together and publishing the Minima Medicamenta. This second compilation of this project of unusual clinical cases that students ...
  • Ellul, Sarah; Vanhear, Kay (MMSA, 2013)
    A 28-year-old, primagravida woman, gave birth to a boy at 40 gestational weeks. On delivery, the baby was found to have blood stained liquor. This was followed by non-bilious vomiting after feeds and a distended abdomen. ...
  • Zammit, Daniela; Iles, Kelly (mm, 2013)
    This patient was diagnosed shortly after birth with right-sided facial palsy as a result of lower motor neuron facial nerve involvement, together with spinal abnormalities and hearing impairment (patient currently uses ...
  • Zammit, Lara Maria; Vella Baldacchino, Mikhail (MMSA, 2013)
    Case regarding a three-year old girl, suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder with characteristic, easily recognisable dysmorphic features. She was seen at Children’s Out-patients as part of a follow-up ...
  • Bertuello, Isaac; Bonnici, Maria (MMSA, 2013)
    67-year-old female who was referred from her general practitioner because of uncontrolled right popliteal knee pain which was very severe and continuously deteriorating. She could not bend her knee and sleep because of the ...
  • Debattista, Daniel; Bezzina, Sarah (MMSA, 2013)
    A 61-year-old gentleman who lives with his wife and 20-year-old son, presented to the polyclinic with a four week history of pruritus. On examination he was found to be jaundiced and his LFTs were high. Consequently he was ...
  • Borg Xuereb, Keith; Abela, Lauren (MMSA, 2013)
    A 31 year old, previously healthy female presented to A&E on 24/07/2012 with a 2 day history of colicky epigastric pain and spiking fever; however on investigation no pathology was found except for an ovarian cyst of 4cm. ...
  • Vella, Christine; Vella Baldacchino, Andrea (MMSA, 2012)
    A 68- year old gentleman presented to outpatients clinic complaining of pain in his right hip, 10 years after undergoing a total hip replacement. Following a thorough history, physical, lab and radiographic investigations, ...
  • Abela, Franklin; Dimech, Anthony (MMSA, 2012)
    The case presents a young girl who was involved in a road traffic accident. Despite being alive at present, her body cannot perform any basic functions since she is in a persistent vegetative state. Numerous examinations ...
  • Micallef, Simon; Vella, Sarah (MMSA, 2012)
    A 69-year-old Caucasian woman who had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer presented with severe low back pain associated with weakness and paresthesiae in her lower extremities. She had also developed urinary ...
  • Lauretta Agius, Daniele; Attard, Caroline (MMSA, 2012)
    A fistula is an atypical connection between two epithelial surfaces, in the case of an enterovesical fistula between the urinary and gastrointestinal systems. These may be the result of a number of causes including: 1. ...
  • Melanoma 
    Pace, Keith; Magri, Stephanie (MMSA, 2012)
    Melanoma is a relatively common neoplasm which is increasing in incidence. Melanoma appears as a variegated irregular maculopapular lesion usually on the skin, but possibly on mucosae, conjunctiva, orbit, nails and ...
  • Farrugia, Daniel; Delicata, Julian (MMSA, 2013)
    The case concerns the unusual presentation of a non-secretory multiple myeloma with diarrhoea secondary to large bowel infiltration. In December 2009, a 74-year-old lady presented to hospital and complained of a two year ...
  • Discitis 
    Abela, Lauren; Borg Xuereb, Keith (MMSA, 2012)
    Discitis is an inflammatory condition of the intervertebral disc or disc space. It is an uncommon condition which occurs mostly in young children or as a post-operative complication, such as following an epidural. It is ...
  • Gialanze, Elizabeth (MMSA, 2012)
    This is the first edition of Minima Medicamenta - a new publication by the Malta Medical Students’ Association (MMSA). One of the MMSA’s top priorities is the constant improvement of medical education. The MMSA believes ...
  • Grima, Maria Angela (MMSA, 2013)
    A 57-year-old Caucasian gentleman presented with bilateral progressive distal upper limb paraesthesiae, which he described as a feeling of “heaviness” followed by distal lower limb and mild tongue parasthaesia. He complained ...
  • Abela, Franklin; Dimech, Anthony Pio (MMSA, 2013)
    44-year-old female known case of Crohn’s disease and depression who presented with a few hours’ history of severe abdominal pain and multiple episodes of vomiting faeculant matter. An inflamed terminal ileum and ascending ...

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