Case studies

Raised PSA

4 December 2013

The patient brought a claim alleging negligent failure to inform him of the PSA result of 13.8.

Lump behind the knee

4 December 2013

The patient, a 60-year old woman who had previously been fit and well, consulted a GP MDU member for a second opinion on a lump behind her right knee, which her own GP thought was a Baker's cyst.

Pneumonia in neonate

4 December 2013

In 1990, a 30-year old primigravida patient consulted her GP at 26/40 with symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI).

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4 December 2013

The patient, a 25-year old woman, initially saw her GP complaining of a sore throat and a cough and was diagnosed with a respiratory tract infection.

Acute abdomen

4 December 2013

A GP member responded to an early morning request to visit a male patient in his late 20's.

40-year claim

4 December 2013

A baby born by caesarean section after a 60-hour labour suffered cognitive and physical impairment, allegedly as a result of a delay in performing the procedure.

Complications following arthroscopy

4 December 2013

A 52-year old woman was referred to see an orthopaedic surgeon, a member of the MDU, with a two-month history of left knee pain.

Campylobacter infection

4 December 2013

An 80-year old woman rang the GP out of hours service stating that she had diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Anaesthetic awareness

4 December 2013

A 34-year old woman with no significant past medical history was admitted for elective repair of a paraumbilical hernia. The anaesthetist reviewed her pre-operatively. She explained the anaesthetic process and advised of the risks of dental damage, sore throat, post-operative nausea, vomiting and pain.

Biliary injury

29 November 2012

A 50-year old woman was referred to a consultant general surgeon with a history of intermittent right upper quadrant pain. An ultrasound scan revealed gallstones and a shrunken gallbladder.