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Case report 09/11/2015

Childhood brain cancer

Childhood brain cancer

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At presentation, Peter was 14 years old and had presented with migraines since the age of 8. He was taking Pizotifen and his headaches were well controlled. Over the past four weeks he had started getting headaches again. They were in a similar location to his migraines, but were different in nature – he couldn’t put his finger on exactly how.

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Case report 05/05/2015

A persistent headache

A persistent headache

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Mr H, a 45-year-old solicitor and father of three, visited his GP Dr P with a persistent headache. He described two months of symptoms, occurring up to six times per week, mainly in the mornings and with associated nausea.

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Case report 05/05/2015

A problem with polyps

A problem with polyps

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Mr S was a 35-year-old taxi driver who was visiting his extended family abroad. While he was there he decided to have a routine health check in a private clinic. He told the doctor in the health clinic that he had noticed some rectal bleeding over the previous four months.

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Case report 14/09/2014

High expectations

High expectations

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Mr O was a 24-year-old man who had just enjoyed a holiday overseas. On the return journey he started vomiting. The nausea and vomiting continued after he arrived home and he began to lose weight because of it. When his symptoms did not abate he made an appointment with his GP.

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Case report 14/09/2014

Transfusion confusion

Transfusion confusion

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Mrs Y, 38, was admitted to hospital under the care of consultant Dr F for treatment of anaemia due to excessive menstrual bleeding. A sample of her blood was taken for grouping and cross-matching, for the purpose of a blood transfusion; a pack of compatible A-positive donor blood was sent to the ward for this purpose.

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Case report 14/09/2014

Missing cauda equina

Missing cauda equina

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Ms E, a 29-year-old mother, had suffered with ongoing low back pain since the birth of her second child two years ago, which had failed to improve with physiotherapy. She was assessed in orthopaedic outpatients and diagnosed with an L5 disc prolapse and listed for microdiscectomy.

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Case report 14/09/2014

The elusive diagnosis

The elusive diagnosis

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Mr M, 50 years old, suffered chronic ill-health due to spinal fusion, chronic bronchitis and asthma. He was a regular attendee at the surgery of Drs C and D, with sinusitis. In March 2005, Mr M saw Dr D with a similar complaint and she administered him with a flu jab, particularly as Mr M often failed to attend chronic monitoring clinics. The notes from the consultation said: “Upper respiratory tract infection NOS. Catarrh following URTI 2/52 ago is well. O/E ENT NAD chest flu jab given.”

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Case report 15/05/2014

Headaches and hypertension

Headaches and hypertension

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Mr J was 43 and unemployed. He developed headaches and complained that sunshine hurt his eyes and he was bothered by noise. He made an appointment with his GP, Dr A, explaining that he had tried over-the-counter painkillers but that they did not help when he had one of his pounding headaches. Dr A documented Mr J had presented with headaches with some features of migraine and prescribed some tramadol...

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Case report 05/02/2013

Suspected epilepsy: when to warn

Suspected epilepsy: when to warn

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A girl of eight, L, was brought by ambulance to the Emergency Department (ED) with a history of a fit during a lesson in school. There was no reliable history: according to friends who had been playing with L, she had touched an electrical socket, fallen, and then had a fit lasting about five minutes, from which she spontaneously recovered.

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Case report 21/01/2013

A challenging combination

A challenging combination

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Mr Y was a 21-year-old unemployed man who lived with his mother. He was a heroin addict and in the last few months, he had started injecting into his groin. Each day he was spending about £40 on heroin and cocaine and had recently served a prison sentence for burglary to fund his habit.

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Case report 27/09/2012

Squash and a squeeze

Squash and a squeeze

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Forty-seven-year old shop assistant Mr U had noticed a persistent pain in his heel for several months, which deteriorated suddenly whilst playing his weekly game of squash. It took him two weeks before he attended his local Emergency Department, where he was x-rayed and diagnosed with a bony spur on his calcaneus. He was advised to rest and to follow-up with his own GP if it did not resolve.

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Case report 14/05/2012

Trouble behind her back

Trouble behind her back

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Housekeeper Mrs L, 58, was a poorly-controlled diabetic patient who was well-known to her GP, Dr V. One day, she presented with a swollen foot, and Dr V discovered an extensive area of skin breakdown on the ball of the foot discharging purulent fluid. He diagnosed an infected diabetic ulcer and referred her immediately to hospital.

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Case report 14/05/2012

Where is the consultant?

Where is the consultant?

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A 48-year-old driver, Mr W, was sent to hospital by his GP with a one-week history of unremitting back pain and associated mild shortness of breath. On direct questioning, he also reported non-specific malaise for at least three months with half a stone weight loss but no symptoms of fever. There was no previous history of cardiac problems and no recent dental or other invasive procedures.

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Case report 10/01/2012

Too quick to clear the spine

Too quick to clear the spine

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Twenty-eight-year-old Miss T was a pillion passenger on her boyfriend’s motorbike going at high speed on a motorway. He lost control of the vehicle and tried to regain it by braking, which threw them both over the handles, landing some distance away. Unfortunately, Miss T’s boyfriend was certified dead at the scene of the accident.

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Case report 10/01/2012

Symptoms that don’t add up

Symptoms that don’t add up

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Mr B was a 30-year-old garage manager who had just returned from a long trip abroad with his wife. After the flight he developed some chest tightness. This showed no signs of improvement after ten days so Mr B made an appointment with his GP, Dr W.

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Case report 01/09/2011

Right level, wrong site

Right level, wrong site

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Mr G, a 40-year-old manager, saw Mr S, a spinal surgeon, in his consultation room with a short history of sciatica. Mr G presented with two weeks of back pain and pain radiating down the front of the left thigh to just below the knee.

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Case report 01/05/2011

An inflammatory situation

An inflammatory situation

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Mrs D was a 47-year-old school teacher with two children. She noticed a lump in her right breast while she was in the shower. The lump was tender when she pressed it and she became concerned that it could be something serious. One of her aunts had had breast cancer at about her age and this added to her concerns. She booked an appointment to see her GP the following day.

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