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  • Welcome to the online home of the Oman Medical Journal offering free access and publishing to all authors and researchers 

    Welcome from the Editor-in-Chief

    Prof. Ibrahim Al-Zakwani BSc, MSc, MS, PhD

    Welcome to the home of the Oman Medical Journal. The OMJ was established in 1984 and has been published under the Oman Medical Specialty Board since 2007. Initially, we started with one issue a year, which later increased to four and then to six in 2011. We currently publish over 100 articles a year covering all aspects of medicine and healthcare. These are selected by our committed and multi-disciplinary Editorial Board.

    We take a no barriers approach to publishing and are proud to offer the journal free to all those who wish to read it and charge no publication fees to authors/researchers. We publish a wide range of articles, including original research, case reports, and preliminary studies. We also publish editorials and letters intended to inform and spark debate about key medical issues. We do this to complement OMSB’s mission to provide quality healthcare through quality medical education. As part of this commitment, we are listed and indexed in over 35 databases, and this number continues to grow.

    We have added some exciting new features to this website. We now offer our authors the opportunity to publish their articles as soon as they are accepted with our preprint facility.  

    On behalf of the entire OMJ team, thank you for visiting the online home of the OMJ. We hope you will find this site to be a helpful resource. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or comments you have.

    Ibrahim Al-Zakwani

    Articles and Issues


    Most Viewed Articles

    The most viewed articles from the OMJ.
    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
    Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia: A Late Presentation of Post-COVID-19 Syndrome

    Emad Al Khoufi, Bader Al-Muhainy, Kefah Algadeeb, Mortadah Alsalman

    COVID-19 is a severe respiratory disease with a spectrum of clinical presentations and complications. Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (WAIHA) is increasingly recognized in patients with COVID-19 either while infected or shortly after infection. We report a 36-year-old male with clinical and laboratory findings consistent with WAIHA. His medical history was significant for COVİD-19 infection three months before presentation. He was initially resistant to steroids but had substantial improvement following initiation of rituximab, with complete recovery thereafter. Therefore, serial assessment of complete blood cell count parameters and hemolysis markers post-COVID-19 infections is warranted for early detection and prompt treatment.

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    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
    Oman Vision 2040: Time to Upgrade Occupational Medicine

    Yaqoub Al Saidi, Faisal Al Badri, Fatma Al-Hakmani, Abdulaziz Al-Mahrezi

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    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
    Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma in an Elderly Male: An Unusual Presentation of a Rare Case

    Abhay Vilas Deshmukh, Vitaladevuni B Shivkumar, Manisha Atram, Mithun Patruji Bhoyar, Nitin M Gangane

    Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma (AFH) is a rare soft tissue neoplasm of low malignant potential often misdiagnosed clinically. It typically occurs in the superficial soft tissues of the extremities in children and young adults. It is characterized by recurrences and rarely metastases. Surgery remains the mainstay of management. Here, we present a rare case report of AFH in a 65-year-old male diagnosed using fine needle aspiration as spindle cell sarcoma. The patient underwent wide local excision. The patient is under follow-up. There is no evidence of metastases, and the patient is disease free three-years post-excision.

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    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
    Superior Mediastinal Syndrome Misdiagnosed as Foreign Body Aspiration: A Case Report

    Tabinda Naz Qureshi, Mirza Amanullah Beg, Syed Rizwan Haider, Naglaa Shaaban, Raghad Abdwani, Abdulhakim Al Rawas

    Superior mediastinal syndrome is a life-threatening pediatric oncological emergency that requires high level of awareness and clinical suspicion to avoid misdiagnosis and devastating outcomes. Early diagnostic evaluation and management of underlying etiology are of utmost significance for optimal results. In children, it is most commonly caused by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. We report a case of a six-year-old boy with superior mediastinal syndrome secondary to T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, initially misdiagnosed as foreign body aspiration and underwent a procedure with a life-threatening outcome.

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    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
    Successful Management of Maternal Left Atrial Myxoma in Pregnancy

    Nihal Al Riyami, Asha Nair, Hatim Al Lawati, Adil H. Al Kindi

    A 29-year-old woman (gravida 3, para 2) presented at 28 weeks+2 days of gestation with a two-months history of dyspnea associated with orthopnea and occasional palpitations. On transthoracic echocardiography, she was diagnosed with a 3.2 × 2.7 cm left atrial myxoma. The patient underwent open surgical resection at 30 weeks of gestation. She had an uneventful postoperative recovery and was discharged on the ninth day. At 41 weeks of gestation, she gave birth by cesarean to a healthy baby of normal weight. Both the mother and the baby were discharged in stable condition.

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    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
    A Child with Face Deviation

    Mustafa Mahmood Eid

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    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
    Reliability and Responsiveness of Endurance Shuttle Walk Test to Estimate Functional Exercise Capacity in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

    Shagufa Amber, Aqsa Mujaddadi, Jamal Ali Moiz

    The endurance shuttle walk test (ESWT) is a simple, acceptable, field-based test first established in 1999 to measure endurance exercise capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this systematic review was to examine the reliability and responsiveness of ESWT in COPD. Of the 791 articles identified through electronic databases, 17 were included in this review. Qualitative and quantitative analyses were conducted according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses, and as per Consensus-Based Standards for the Selection of Health Status Measurements Instruments, the quality of the studies was graded as low for reliability and moderate for responsiveness. Qualitative analysis indicated inadequate evidence for the reliability of the ESWT in patients with COPD. The meta-analysis found strong evidence that ESWT was responsive to change following pulmonary rehabilitation with an estimated mean difference (ESWT time, seconds) 303.19 s (95% CI: 175.63–430.75; p< 0.001), ambulatory oxygen with a mean difference (ESWT time, seconds) 129.04 s (95% CI: 47.98–210.09; p = 0.002), and (ESWT mean distance, meters) 80.71 m (95% CI: 38.66–122.76; p < 0.001). The ESWT was also responsive to bronchodilation with a mean difference of 168.62 m (95% CI: 117.03–220.21; p < 0.001). Our findings suggest the strong potential of ESWT as a responsive test in COPD, but to draw a definitive conclusion regarding the reliability of the ESWT, further research is needed in this population.

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    Volume 38, Issue 1 January 2023
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    Volume 38, Issue 2 March 2023
    Circadian Rhythm, Sleep, and Immune Response and the Fight against COVID-19

    Mohammed A. Al-Abri, Saif Al-Yaarubi, Elias A. Said

    Sleep is an imperative physiological aspect that plays a vital role in maintaining hormonal and humeral functions of the body and hence a healthy life. Circadian rhythms are daily oscillations in human activities and physiology that prepare human beings to better react to and anticipate challenges in the surrounding environment, which are a consequence of diurnal changes of day and night. The sleep/wake cycle is one of the most prominent manifestations of the circadian rhythm and communicates tightly with the immune system with daily oscillation of immunity. Sleep deprivation is now recognized as a common condition inherent to modern society, and it is detrimental to certain body functions, particularly immune function. The aim of this review is to explore the role of sleep in maintaining a healthy immune system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The review discusses sleep-regulatory substances that are linked to host defense mechanisms such as interleukin-1β, interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and interferon gamma. Cytokine levels also fluctuate with sleep/wake homeostasis and our review explores the relationship between sleep and cytokines and proposed therapeutics. The review will also cover sleep and immune response in children, adolescents, and healthcare workers, and finally it will touch on the effect of obstructive sleep apnea on immune response and the severity of COVID-19.

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