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A Misdiagnosis Discharged a Patient with a Perforated Appendix

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Posted: December 1, 2015

Mr. GP presented to the emergency department of *** ***** Hospital Center on January 31, 2005 with a chief complaint of abnormal pain with intermittent cramping. Mr. GP was evaluated by the emergency department physician, laboratories were ordered, IV morphine was given in addition with an antiemetic and sent home. Mr. GP returned the next day with complaints of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting with fever. Workup was performed with a CAT scan of the abdomen which revealed an appendiceal abscess in turn required an emergency laparotomy, appendectomy, and drainage of the abscess cavity.

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Side Effects of Trazodone Leading to Priapism

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Posted: December 1, 2015
 
Mr. RL was not aware of the side effects of Trazodone or that he should seek immediate medical attention for a painful erection lasting more than four hours.  Mr. RL was suffering from priapism and needed emergency surgery.
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Vascular Pericutaneous Interventions

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Posted: December 1, 2015

Mrs. VB was admitted to *** ***** Medical Center with a history of advanced peripheral vascular disease with symptoms of claudication, Mrs. VB was evaluated and scheduled by Dr. SJ for multiple peripheral vascular pericutaneous interventions. The patient expired less than 18 hours after the procedures performed by Dr. SJ. Review of the autopsy is consistent with findings of a left sided retroperitoneal hemorrhage.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Case

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Posted: November 1, 2015
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. Although painful sensations may indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body's peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.

Patient KE, had complaints of neck, left shoulder pain and left hand numbness. Symptoms have been present and increasing gradually over a four year time frame.  After her  carpal tunnel syndrome surgery KE complained of numbness in her left ring finger which was not present before surgery.
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Cardiology Case

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Posted: November 1, 2015
Mr. J, has had chest pains dating back to 2005, supported by several lab results, medical records, and an affidavit by the surviving spouse, Mrs.J.  Mr. J died in 2009, the death certificate identified the cause of death as being ischemic heart disease.

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