Case Archive

ROBOTIC PROSTATECTOMY CAUSES COMPARTMENT SYNDROME

Patient was 50 years old at the time of the robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy performed by Dr. M. His medical history included hypertension, elevated cholesterol, hypogonadism and panic attacks. His medications included Klonopin, lisinopril and Vytorin. His endocrinologist wanted to start testosterone replacement therapy but first wanted him to have a PSA test. The PSA was […]

SCALENE BLOC CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE

This case involves a 49-year old man who underwent a Ropivacaine Scalene bloc prior to shoulder surgery, and immediately had a tonic/clonic seizure, followed by ventricular tachycardia and asystole. They brought him back after cardiopulmonary resuscitation after 31 minutes, but he is permanently brain-damaged. Patient had a prior surgery where Ropivacaine was used, without incident. […]

FAILURE TO Dx APPENDICITIS

Case involves the failure to diagnose and treat an appendicitis resulting in acute gangrenous appendicitis with perforation, an abscess and sepsis. The potential defendants are ER and Family Practice physicians. On June 5, presented to the Mercy Hospital emergency room with complaints of sudden and acute severe abdominal pain just below his belly button. According […]

FAILURE TO Dx MALIGNANT MELANOMA

Summary On May 10, 2006, Pt was seen at the medical clinic for evaluation of a growth on her left knee. Evaluation with diagnosis of “Seborrheic Keratosis Inflamed.” Pt was told the growth was non-cancerous and that there was nothing to worry about. Procedure performed “destruction of Benign Lesion by Cryosurgery.” No biopsy or other […]

DISSECTION OF VERTEBRAL ARTERY POST DISECTOMY

SUMMARY: 8/21/07-Pt had an anterior cervical discectomy, interbody fusion with instrumentation from the C3-4 level through the C5-6 level performed by the defendant. During the procedure, which lasted over four hours, MD cut the left vertebral artery at the C5 level necessitating ligation of the left vertebral artery and resulting in an estimated blood loss […]

FAILURE TO DX ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYISM

This 70 year old man was treating regularly with the above IM doc from 5-3-06 to 8-29-07. Regular, frequent physical exams, but no documentation of any palpating exam of abdomen. Medical HX is hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Also LVH and diverticulitis. On 9-30-07 is admitted to Hospital with belly pain and found to have 10 cm […]