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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38

Authors' Reply

1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Medicine, MRA Medical College, Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication23-Dec-2015

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Ajay Kumar Verma
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Surya Kant
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
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How to cite this article:
Prakash V, Kumar V, Mishra A, Verma AK, Joshi A, Kant S. Authors' Reply. J Assoc Chest Physicians 2016;4:38

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Prakash V, Kumar V, Mishra A, Verma AK, Joshi A, Kant S. Authors' Reply. J Assoc Chest Physicians [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Dec 7];4:38. Available from: https://www.jacpjournal.org/text.asp?2016/4/1/38/172479

Answers to the comment raised:

  • Since the patient got the lumpectomy done outside our hospital hence why the surgeon did not get the histopathological examination done cannot be commented by us. Hence, when he reported to us, he was not having any histopathological report
  • As suggested it is, of course, true that granulomatous inflammation has got a number of differential diagnosis, but when we say that it was suggestive of tuberculosis, it means there were features such as caseous necrosis, langhans cell, and granulomas containing giant cells. The [Figure 4] in the article shows caseous necrosis with granulomas. Moreover, after that also we did not say that it was confirmatory of tubercular pathology as we know that for this ZN smear positivity for Mycobacterium tuberculosis is essential. We have used the word “suggestive of” which in itself is self-explanatory
  • The repetitions are in different sections and not in the same section such as some part of introduction are incorporated in the discussion. It is but obvious that introduction is given just to highlight and lay some light about what we are going to discuss in the article. The same will be explained naturally in detail in the discussion. It has been blamed that we have repeated a paragraph in introduction and discussion. This paragraph discusses the epidemiology that is incidence prevalence, etc. We can cite a number of articles where in introduction epidemiology about the topic being discussed is quoted which again is elaborated in the discussion. This is a natural and but obvious process
  • It has been blamed that we have taken our matter from some article and hence have done plagiarism. The article cited of Tewari et al.[1] is a review article which discusses the clinical features, diagnosis, and management of breast tuberculosis. Since it is a review article, it will, of course, have the clinical features, diagnosis, and management of breast tuberculosis discussed in detail and taken from all the literature resources available on this topic. Anybody writing a paper on breast tuberculosis will discuss about its clinical feature and management, and, of course, the clinical features of breast tuberculosis cannot vary from article to article. It will be the same. Since the article of Tewari et al. is a review article, this cannot be blamed that we have copied something from it. If it would have been an original article, a question may have been valid. Even we have not undergone through this article, the proof of which is that we have even not cited in it our references also.

From the above explanation, it becomes clear that all allegations raised are baseless and false.{Figure 4}

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Tewari M, Shukla HS. Breast tuberculosis: Diagnosis, clinical features and management. Indian J Med Res 2005;122:103-10.  Back to cited text no. 1


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