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Nerve Block Causes Shock and Seizure

A 53-year-old female presents to a pain management clinic several weeks after having a broken arm set by means of an ORIF procedure (Open Reduction Internal Fixation). She received multiple injections into the axillary region for nerve block. The patient…

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Hernia Repair Turns Deadly

A 45-year-old male patient presented to an outpatient surgical center for laparoscopic repair of a hiatal hernia using Composix mesh. The procedure went without any complication and the patient was discharged the next day after receiving a prophylactic dose of anti-coagulation.…

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Respiratory Distress of the Newborn With Resultant Cerebral Palsy

This case involves a premature infant delivered by cesarean section. The infants APGAR score was 9-9, but after 12 hours of life the baby became apneic and tachypneic with prominent grunting noticed by the nursing staff. The baby was started…

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Bell’s Palsy Mistaken for Cancer of the Parotid Gland

This case involves a patient who was misdiagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Further medical evaluation showed that the patient had a malignant tumor of the parotid gland that was ultimately fatal. The necessary imaging reports (MRI/CT scan) were conducted but the…

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Perforated Colon During Routine Procedure Leads to Sepsis

The patient is a 68-year-old male who presented with an intestinal obstruction that required surgical intervention. The patient was examined and the diagnosis of small bowel obstruction was suspected and preparations for colonoscopy were made. The procedure was noted to…

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Spinal Tumor Surgery Results in Paralysis

This case involves a 51-year-old male with no significant past medical history, who presented with a newly discovered ependymal tumor of the spine. The lesion was described to be at the level of T-3 spine and was first discovered by…

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Failure to Treat Advanced Multiple Sclerosis

This case involves a 40-year-old male who developed signs and symptoms consistent with that of Multiple Sclerosis and is currently under the care of a neurologist. The patient underwent a spinal tap and had MRI imaging of the brain; all…

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Delayed Diagnosis of Gangrenous Appendix Leads to Life-Threatening Infection

This case involved a patient who complained of severe epigastric pain that was not well characterized. The pain waxed and waned over the course of the past few days but became progressively worse before arriving at the hospital. The patient’s…

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Improper Intubation Leads to Brain Damage

This case involves a 76-year-old female patient underwent routine hip surgery.  Alleged improper intubation prevented proper ventilation and  oxygen delivery to brain tissue for between 3 – 6 minutes. The patient had difficulty being aroused postoperatively and now displays neurological deficits…

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Nicked Phrenic Nerve Causes Respiratory Issues

This case involved a 45-year-old male patient with a significant past medical history of shoulder pain secondary to a sports related rotator cuff injury. The patient underwent a brachial plexus interscalene block procedure for pain management therapy. As a consequence…

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