Case studies

Tragic case
A tragic but defensible case

17 February 2016

A mother brought her 18-month old son to see their GP. The child had a history of congenital heart defect.

Avascular Necrosis
Avascular necrosis

17 February 2016

The MDU successfully defended at trial a claim against a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in respect of alleged failure to diagnose avascular necrosis.

Conflicting accounts
Conflicting accounts

17 February 2016

A patient claimed her GP should have diagnosed unstable angina. She suffered an ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction nine days after her GP consultation.

Drop hands
'Drop hands' offer

17 February 2016

An obese patient with a BMI of 44.7 was referred for a bariatric procedure to a consultant vascular surgeon with an interest in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery.

Duty of care breach
Duty of care breach refuted

17 February 2016

A GP visited an 81-year old patient who had stumbled in the street and injured his right ankle. The doctor noticed that although the patient was able to fully weight bear, there was mild pitting oedema of both ankles.

Intrauterine device
Intrauterine contraceptive device

17 February 2016

An 18-year old student consulted her general practitioner to discuss contraception. In the past, she had not found it easy to take the pill regularly and felt that condoms were not sufficiently reliable.

Prescription error
Prescription error

17 February 2016

A 23-year old female presented to a GP, an MDU member, with several complaints including folliculitis, recurrent ear infections and change of OCP.

Renal function
Renal function impairment

17 February 2016

A patient with a long history of depression, which had been treated over the years with various medications including anti-depressants, was referred to an NHS psychiatrist because he was experiencing severe mood fluctuations.

Transmetatarsal amputation
Transmetatarsal amputation

17 February 2016

A male patient was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and began insulin treatment. He had many other co-morbidities, including chronic kidney disease, hypertension, previous MI and non-proliferative diabetic nephropathy.

Image of teenage girl unable to control her emotions
Chaperone dilemma

10 February 2014

A GP declined to carry out a breast examination on an unaccompanied young girl without a chaperone