Case studies

Perforation of the uterus

20 December 2010

A patient in her mid-30s was referred by her GP for termination of pregnancy under general anaesthetic. The uterus was 12 weeks size at the time of termination.

A dying wish

17 December 2010

A GP member contacted the MDU advice line following a complaint from the family of a deceased patient whose long-standing wish had been to donate her body to medical science. 

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A reasonable diagnosis

17 December 2010

A 28-year old woman saw her GP, a member of the MDU, complaining of a lump in her breast which had been present for five days. The young woman had no history of breast problems.

Anatomy of a claim
Advice about a lump

17 December 2010

A patient’s claim alleged that his GP failed to advise him about reattendance for review of a lump.

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Bilateral amputation

17 December 2010

The 34-year old female patient injured her knee while running. Although she was initially able to walk, by the following day her knee was increasingly painful and stiff so she attended her local accident and emergency department.

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Criminal records

17 December 2010

Should you disclose patient details to the police in connection with a high value fraud?

End of life dilemma

17 December 2010

The case of a patient who expressed an intention to commit suicide raises an interesting question about confidentiality.

Ischaemia in the toes

17 December 2010

It was alleged that an MDU GP member did not spot the early stages of ischaemia, nor referred the patient to hospital quickly enough to avoid the loss of her toes.

Marital secrets

17 December 2010

A couple – a 35-year old woman and her 49-year old male partner – had been trying to conceive for two years, ever since their marriage.

Ruptured Achilles tendon

17 December 2010

A 36-year old male patient attended his GP, a member of the MDU, complaining of an injury to his right ankle.