GASTROENTEROLOGY EXPERT WITNESSES

GASTROENTEROLOGY EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Man is Killed by Undetected Hernia Following Gastric Bypass Surgery GASTROENTEROLOGY Expert Case

This case involves the death of a middle-aged man who had recently undergone gastric bypass surgery from an internal hernia. The man had called the office of his gastric surgeon and reported a severe constipation problem. Despite his serious complaints, he …

Critical Care Nursing Expert Discusses Dosing Mistake Leading to Amputation GASTROENTEROLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a female patient in her mid-thirties who presented to the emergency room with persistent abdominal pain and gastric distress. A CT scan was ordered and several possible causes were suggested – the patient was discharged with a referral t …

Polymer Mesh Worsens Patient’s Acid Reflux GASTROENTEROLOGY Expert Case

Polymer Mesh Worsens Patient’s Acid Reflux

This case stems from the use of a polymer-based product in an operation to remedy a patient’s acid reflux. Hours after the procedure, the patient began to develop severe substernal chest pain, an increased white blood cell count, and severe complications …

Delayed Diagnosis of Small Intestine Perforation Causes Sepsis GASTROENTEROLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 67-year-old female patient, who previously had an esophagectomy, and then developed complications after undergoing surgery to her small intestine. The patient was losing a significant amount of weight over a 6-month period, so an attem …

Man Suffers Inability to Eat Due to Leak from Esophagectomy GASTROENTEROLOGY Expert Case

Man Suffers Inability to Eat Due to Leak from Esophagectomy

This case involves a 49-year-old patient with a history of smoking who underwent a minimally invasive esophagectomy to treat esophageal dysplasia. The patient was on a liquid diet for the first 11 days of his admission and on the 12th day the surgeon decid …

Doctors Fail to Diagnose Immunosuppressed Patient With Sepsis GASTROENTEROLOGY Expert Case

Doctors Fail to Diagnose Immunosuppressed Patient With Sepsis

This case involves a male patient in his late 40s with a past medical history significant for ulcerative colitis, for which the man had been taking immunosuppressive drugs under the supervision of his gastroenterologist. The patient presented to his primar …

Patient is Killed From Undiagnosed Gastrointestinal Leak Following Hernia Surgery GASTROENTEROLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a middle-aged male patient in Missouri with chronic heartburn as well as a large hernia. He was taken to the OR for a procedure to repair the hernia. At the time of the surgery, it was found that the patient had a unique anatomy that req …