Q: What is the difference between a post-hoc analysis and a case-control study?

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I submitted a manuscript that compares one year later life prognosis of fracture patients in terms of the presence or absence of sarcopenia at the time of intervention. I submitted it as a case-control study, but the reviewer pointed out that it should be a post-hoc analysis. By my understanding, all retrospective studies are post-hoc analyses and case-control studies are included in post-hoc analyses. Is my understanding not correct?

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