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Knowing the limits

...It is concluded that the patient's gastrointestinal bleeding is probably due to diffuse oozing from the GI tract secondary to a combination of a high INR and diclofenac...

  • 30 March 2016
  • Case study

Telltale limp

...Dr N examines the child and notes a possible discrepancy in limb length with shortening on the left side. She also finds asymmetrical skin creases on the inside left thigh...

  • 25 February 2016
  • Case study

Infected dog bite

...Dr K examines the wound and notes cellulitis but no pus. She prescribes the antibiotic flucloxacillin and advises Mr B to re-attend if the infection grows worse...

  • 27 January 2016
  • Case study

"Mild" headache

...The notes also reveal that the GP considered the possibility of head injury in that he recorded that there were no associated symptoms...

  • 23 December 2015
  • Case study

Root fracture

...the dentist extracts the infected tooth but no post-extraction radiograph is taken...

  • 30 November 2015
  • Case study

Shooting pains

...A GP attends her at home and notes that the patient has developed numbness in the saddle area and cold feet in addition to low back pain shooting to the ankles...

  • 28 October 2015
  • Case study

A persistent error

...It transpires that the patient is in fact not a heroin addict and that Dr C meant to write the note in the file of his brother...

  • 25 September 2015
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Erroneous extraction

...the dentist had removed LL7 in error, mistaking the tooth for LL6...

  • 28 August 2015
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Missed appendicitis

...The GP advises Mr H that appendicitis is unlikely due to his age and the lack of other related symptoms...

  • 29 July 2015
  • Case study

Just heartburn

...The GP finds Mr L lying on the couch in front of the TV. He tells the doctor it is not chest pain he is experiencing but the usual heartburn, though worse...

  • 30 June 2015
  • Case study