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Case report 14/11/2017

A limping child

A limping child

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Three-year-old Matthew was brought to the local A&E department by his mum, Mrs U. She told Dr M, the attending doctor, that Matthew had fallen from a chair three days ago and, although he seemed unharmed at the time, he was now refusing to walk.

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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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Factsheet 01/10/2013

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

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Complaints in health and social care: standards and guidelines for resolution and learning (2009) aims to provide a simple, consistent approach for staff who handle complaints, and for patients who raise complaints across all health and social care services.

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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 01/05/2011

Tomorrow is too late

Tomorrow is too late

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Six-year-old FM underwent a left Salter’s osteotomy to treat the developmental dysplasia of his hip. Mr R, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, performed the procedure. Prior to it, he discussed the risks and benefits of this operation with FM’s parents and recorded it all in the clinical notes.

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Case report 01/05/2010

Unrealistic expectations

Unrealistic expectations

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Twenty-year-old Miss D was referred to orthopaedic consultant Mr A for assessment of an old clavicle fracture. Two years previously, Miss D had sustained a clavicle fracture after falling off her bike. This injury was treated in a different hospital in a conservative way, using a collar and cuff sling. In the early follow-up period, she moved to her current address and she was lost to further review.

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Case report 01/05/2010

An unexpected, painful end

An unexpected, painful end

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Fifty-five-year-old lorry driver Mr Q was involved in a road traffic accident, sustaining severe injuries to both legs. He was taken to the local hospital where, following initial assessment and stabilisation by the emergency medicine team, he was referred to the orthopaedic department.

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Case report 01/09/2008

A zebra amongst the horses

A zebra amongst the horses

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Mr A, an office administrator in his 40s, was referred by an out-of-hours GP to the orthopaedic on-call team at the local district general hospital (DGH). Mr A had previously worked as a mechanic, but had been forced to change career because of a long-standing back problem, for which he had an L4/L5 microdiscectomy performed five years earlier.

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Case report 01/01/2008

Too long to run

Too long to run

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Mr C, a 45-year-old PE teacher, attended the outpatient clinic to see Mr V, consultant orthopaedic surgeon. Mr C was also a keen marathon runner, but due to an increasingly painful right hip he had found running more difficult. X-rays confirmed advanced degenerative changes on his right hip joint.

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Case report 05/01/2007

An orthopaedic emergency

An orthopaedic emergency

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Mrs A, a 31-year-old dental nurse, sustained a complex fracture of her dominant right distal humerus after falling from her bike. She attended the local A&E Department, where other injuries were excluded, and she was admitted to the orthopaedic unit. She was reviewed by the orthopaedic team on call.

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Case report 01/01/2007

Back again with cauda equina syndrome

Back again with cauda equina syndrome

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When Mrs C, a keen golfer in her early forties, began to experience constant pain in her lower back, she consulted a GP at her local surgery. Dr P took a history of slow onset of pain with restricted mobility. He did not examine her, but prescribed an NSAID and advised Mrs C to return in two weeks if there was no improvement.

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Case report 01/08/2005

Operate or wait?

Operate or wait?

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Mr E had developed a bad back and a friend had recommended that he see Mr G, an orthopaedic specialist. Mr E made an appointment to see Mr G at a private hospital in the UK without asking his GP to refer him. Mr G thought that Mr E had a prolapsed lumbar disc, which he treated with epidural and facet-joint injections. An MRI scan confirmed a small left-sided paracentral disc prolapse, pressing on the L3/4 nerve root.

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Case report 01/05/2005

Scarred for life?

Scarred for life?

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Rachel broke her left clavicle when she was an infant. Unfortunately, it healed poorly and became a malunited pseudarthrosis. In 1997, aged 16, she was tired of the pain, swelling and unsightliness this caused her and she saw Mr C, specialist orthopaedic surgeon.

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Case report 01/05/2005

Moot myelopathy

Moot myelopathy

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Mr U, a 50-year-old dentist, had suffered from symptoms of cervical myelopathy – due to spinal canal stenosis and intervertebral disc protrusion – for five years. The diagnosis had been confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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