Articles by Cody Porcoro

Electrician Suffers Serious Injuries During Transformer Repair

This case involves an electrician who was called to fix a malfunction of an electrical transformer at a Washington construction site. Despite the electrician’s unfamiliarity with the construction site, the electrician was not warned of any particular hazards. The electrician…

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Peritoneal Dialysis Patient Suffers Bowel Perforation

This case involves an elderly patient with end stage renal disease on peritoneal dialysis who presented to the emergency room with complaints of abdominal pain and bleeding. He notified doctors that he had recently had his dialysis replaced. Combined with…

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Doctors Fail to Diagnose Aneurysm in Peritoneal Dialysis Patient

This case involves a 59 year old woman with a who was experiencing kidney failure and undergoing peritoneal dialysis. She presented to the ER with complaints of flank pain and was initially placed on pain medication until a CT scan…

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Esophagectomy Causes Necrosis in Patient’s Lung

This case involves a 32-year-old female with stage II esophageal cancer who underwent a minimally invasive esophagectomy. 5 days after the operation, she had a CT scan that showed a suspicious area, but the surgeon was convinced that it was…

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Unsuccessful Septoplasty Leads to Recurrence of Deviated Septum

The case involves a 24-year-old patient with nasal blockage who underwent septoplasty and turbinate surgery that resulted in injuries. The patient presented to the otolaryngologist with complaints of nasal obstruction associated with snoring and chronic nose bleeds. Upon physical examination…

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Surgeon Ruptures Patient’s Optical Muscle During Septoplasty

This case involves a 27-year-old woman who presented to her doctor with recurrent sinusitis. She was referred to a surgeon who decided her condition would be treated best with septoplasty. During the procedure, the surgeon ruptured the patient’s optical muscle,…

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Delayed Diagnosis of Small Intestine Perforation Causes Sepsis

This case involves a 67-year-old female patient, who previously had an esophagectomy, and then developed complications after undergoing surgery to her small intestine. The patient was losing a significant amount of weight over a 6-month period, so an attempt to…

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Man Suffers Inability to Eat Due to Leak from Esophagectomy

This case involves a 49-year-old patient with a history of smoking who underwent a minimally invasive esophagectomy to treat esophageal dysplasia. The patient was on a liquid diet for the first 11 days of his admission and on the 12th…

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Surgical Clip Left After Vasectomy Impedes Blood Flow to Testicle

This case involves a man who went in for vasectomy and returned the following day with testicular pain. The presumptive diagnosis was torsion so he was rushed into surgery. During surgery, doctors found an injury to the epididymis as well…

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Testicular Implant is Perforated During Car Accident

This case involves a 37-year-old man who previously had a testicular implant placement following complications with a vasectomy. 9 months after the successful implantation, he was involved in a car accident while on his way to work. A few days…

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