Case studies

Knee
A cyst that was not a cyst

1 August 2012

A 45-year old obese architect presented to her GP in 2003 with a pain behind her right knee

Acute discitis

1 August 2012

The patient, a woman in her 50s, was referred privately to the MDU member, a consultant neurosurgeon, with severe back pain. Although she had experienced back pain before, this was a new episode that began acutely after she had been gardening, which had included some heavy lifting.

Anatomy of a claim
Applying the Bolam principle

1 August 2012

Following a tonsillectomy at a specialist ENT unit, a 44-year old female patient was given a post-operative drug regime to control the severe pain associated with adult tonsillectomy.

Confirming testamentary capacity

1 August 2012

A GP received a request from a solicitor asking her to confirm that a patient had testamentary capacity.

Consent in emergency medicine

1 August 2012

Is this elderly woman competent to make a decision after a traffic accident?

Dancing mishap

1 August 2012

A 28 year-old professional dance teacher injured her left knee in a tango demonstration class.

Delayed diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy

1 August 2012

A 35-year old woman presented to her GP, an MDU member, with vague intermittent lower abdominal pain.

Growing pains

1 August 2012

A 13-year old boy was brought to see his GP, an MDU member, with a history of left hip and thigh pain on weight bearing.

Hormone mixup

1 August 2012

In his first year of general practice, a GP member saw a young woman for the first time for a repeat prescription of contraceptive patches.

Infective endocarditis

1 August 2012

A patient with an aortic valve replacement on warfarin came to see her GP for removal of lesion on her back.