OTOLARYNGOLOGY EXPERT WITNESSES

OTOLARYNGOLOGY EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Risky Bone Graft Causes Oral Cancer Patient To Develop Infection OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 66-year-old woman with a history of multiple surgeries for oral cancer over 5 years and 15 treatments of radiation therapy. She was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue and floor of the mouth. She was given a bone g …

Patient With Infection Develops Severe Muscle Atrophy OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

Patient With Infection Develops Severe Muscle Atrophy

This case involves an otherwise healthy female who initially presented to her pediatrician with a mass in her neck. Given the mass’s persistence over an extended period of time, the patient was referred for an biopsy of the affected lymph node. The biopsy  …

ENT Fails To Diagnose Esophageal Cancer In Patient With Persistent Dysphagia OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves an elderly female patient with a long history of acid reflux who presented with difficulty swallowing. She was referred to an ENT who ordered a barium study for dysphagia. The study showed reflux but no abnormalities and the patien …

Thoracic Surgery Expert Opines on Leak Following Esophagectomy OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves an elderly male with stage 2 colon cancer and stage 3 esophageal cancer. The plaintiff underwent a minimally invasive esophagectomy. His CT indicated a suspicious leak, although the surgeon was not convinced it was a threat. Patient is t …

Unsuccessful Septoplasty Leads to Recurrence of Deviated Septum OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

The case involves a 24-year-old patient with nasal blockage who underwent septoplasty and turbinate surgery that resulted in injuries. The patient presented to the otolaryngologist with complaints of nasal obstruction associated with snoring and chronic no …

Surgeon Ruptures Patient’s Optical Muscle During Septoplasty OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 27-year-old woman who presented to her doctor with recurrent sinusitis. She was referred to a surgeon who decided her condition would be treated best with septoplasty. During the procedure, the surgeon ruptured the patient’s optical mu …

ENT Doctor Removes Parathyroid Glands Unnecessarily OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

ENT Doctor Removes Parathyroid Glands Unnecessarily

This case involves a patient who presented with hypercalcemia and was ultimately diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. A sestamibi scan shows a parathyroid adenoma of the “posteroinferior aspect of the left thyroid lobe.” Some months later, surgery unsuccess …

Pathology Expert Discusses Nerve Damage After Tumor Removal OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a woman who presented to a clinic with a clogged ear canal with tinnitus that persisted for some time. The patient stated that her ear symptoms began when she suffered an upper respiratory infection. Testing revealed mild hearing loss du …

Delayed Diagnosis of Oral Cancer Leads to Metastatic Carcinoma in Neck OTOLARYNGOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a a male patient from Nebraska who presented to his dentist with a yellow spot on the left side of the tongue without undergoing appropriate screening for oral cancer. Some time after his initial presentation, the patient was seen by a …