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Medical malpractice: Representative areas of case experience


Fatal overdosage of anesthetic agents
Anoxic complications of airway management
Laryngeal nerve palsy and intubation
Paraplegia and epidural anesthesia
Myocardial infarction and hypotension
Sciatic nerve injury and intramuscular gluteal injections
Blindness, stroke, arterial dissections, and nerve palsy associated with patient positioning problems in the operating room theatre
Respiratory arrest and high level cervical epidural anesthesia


Fatal pulmonary artery perforation after Swan-Ganz catheterization
Fatal coronary artery perforation and cardiac tamponade after balloon angioplasty
Myocardial Infarction: question of missed opportunity for balloon angioplasty, Widowmaker lesion
Fatal myocardial infarction: early signs of coronary disease on the EKG


Question of excessive prescription of dental services

General Surgery and Trauma

Metabolic encephalopathy, peripheral neuropathy, vitamin B1 deficiency, and gastric bypass surgery
Severe chronic diarrhea after biliary pancreatic diversion to treat morbid obesity
Bowel perforation and diverticulitis
Ischemic and perforated small bowel associated with blunt abdominal trauma
Ischemic bowel, bacterial translocation, bacterial peritonitis, and sepsis
Systemic immune inflammatory response
Fatal multiple organ dysfunction syndrome
Fatal acute respiratory distress syndrome after severe pulmonary contusion
Thromboprophylaxis in general surgery against deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary emboli
Bile duct injuries in gall bladder surgery: open cholecystectomy versus laparoscopy
Sepsis and hemmoroidectomy
Question of wrong side breast cosmetic surgery

Internal Medicine

Fatal pancreatitis and gallstones
Fatal pancreatitis and morbid obesity
Fatal overdose associated with polypharmacy prescriptions
Tracking fatal polypharmacy overdose using a relational database
Hepatitis associated with blood transfusions
AIDS associated with blood transfusions
Liver failure and chronic Tylenol overdose


Bowel perforation and unexplained surgical clips
Bowel perforation and colonoscopy
Bowel perforation and fleets enema use
Bowel perforation and polypectomy
Missed colon cancer after colonoscopy

Infectious Disease

Contaminated portacath shunt in an aplastic anemia patient
Septic total hip
Spinal epidural abscess in a diabetic patient
Bacterial peritonitis associated with bowel ischemia and/or perforation
Sulfonamide antibiotic induced aplastic anemia associated with treatment of bacterial cystitis


Cerebral arterial and venous strokes: question of missed opportunity for anticoagulation or thrombolytic therapy


Chronic seizures, brain tumors, and degree of cortical penetration by the tumor
Spinal cord injury associated with cervical vertebrectomy and dislodged fusion
Meningitis and persistent rhinorhea

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Chorioamnionitis as a complication of amniocentesis
Ocular injury as a complication of amniocentesis
Skin dimple as a complication of amniocentesis
Cordocentesis and fetal demise
Cerebral palsy and standard of care for post-term deliveriesdelivery
Obstetrical epidural anesthesia and maternal paraplegia
Births defects and drug prescriptions taken by the mother during the first trimester of pregnancy


Lung carcinoma and diagnostic value of the early chest x-ray and chest CT
Breast carcinoma and occult metastasis, staging, and survival statistics
Melanoma, occult metastasis, staging, and survival statistics
Methodology and rationale for sentinel lymph node biopsy


Vision deterioration, macular tear, and cataract surgery

Orthopaedics and Trauma

Deep venous thrombotic complications in long bone fractures, hip and knee replacements, and shoulder impingement surgery
Thromboprophylaxis in orthopaedic surgery against deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary emboli
Mal-position of vertebrae in one-level Synthes plate cervical spine fusion
Lumbar radiculopathy associated with pedicle screw fracture
Chronic dural leak and persistent neck pain after posterior cervical fusion
Foot drop, sciatic nerve palsy, and re-do partial hip replacement
Nerve stretch and severed nerves in total hip and knee arthroplasty
Leg length discrepancies in total hip replacement
Avascular necrosis of the hip associated with the dosage and duration of corticosteroid exposure
Mal-position of knee and hip implants
Tenosynovitis as a complication of traumatic "ringer injuries" involving the hand digits