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Delayed Meningitis Diagnosis Causes Developmental Complications For Infant PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an 18-month-old child who was presented to her regular pediatrician with fever and vomiting. The pediatrician advised it was a viral infection and that the parents should let the infection run its course. After several days, the child’s  …

Emergency Department Prematurely Discharges Child With Severe Pneumonia PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a minimally verbal 12-year-old female who presented to the same hospital system pediatric emergency room multiple times over a 3 month period. She was first diagnosed with pneumonia, given a 10-day course of amoxicillin and discharge …

Child Suffers Fatal Septic Shock Following Leg Injury PEDIATRICS Expert Case

Child Suffers Fatal Septic Shock Following Leg Injury

This case involves an 8-year-old female who initially presented to her pediatrician after injuring her knee on the school playground. The patient experienced persistent pain and intermittent fevers following the injury, and she was sent for imaging and blo …

Mole Removal Causes Pediatric Patient To Suffer Facial Necrosis PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a boy born with a mole on his nose and had spacers surgically placed to add extra skin. At age 5, the boy’s parents chose to have the mark removed with the understanding that the skin was approximated to cover the defect. The boy had a n …

Nephrologist Elects Not To Medicate Athlete With Severe Potassium Deficiency PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an otherwise healthy 16-year-old crew team athlete who experienced persistent inexplicable muscle spasms and was hospitalized. While hospitalized, the patient was discovered to have very low potassium levels and abnormal EKGs. He was ref …

Child Suffers Anaphylaxis Following Immunotherapy Treatment PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a 12-year-old otherwise healthy child who received a series of weekly subcutaneous immunotherapy shots. The child had periodically received allergy treatment by the defendant physician and had reacted positively to the first 4 shots …

Pediatric Endocrinologist Opines On Fatal DKA Treatment PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an 8-year-old male patient with type 1 diabetes. He presented to the emergency room with excessive thirst, vomiting, and shortness of breath and was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The hospital in question did not have  …

Hospitalist Fails To Diagnose Meningitis In Autistic Child PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an autistic 11-year-old girl who presented to the pediatric emergency room with high fever, cough, and fatigue. She was diagnosed with pneumonia, given a 10-day course of amoxicillin, and discharged. The child’s symptoms worsened ove …

Pediatric Medicine Experts Discuss Misdiagnosis of Bacterial Infection PEDIATRICS Expert Case

The case involves a five year old child who developed flu-like symptoms. He presented to the hospital with fever, dehydration, and lethargy. The child’s parents were originally concerned with the frequency of the child’s vomiting so they brought the child  …

Delayed Cancer Diagnoses Leaves Infant Permanently Paralyzed PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a 7-month-old male patient whose right leg was not moving with the same range of motion as the left. He was admitted for a workup, but X-rays and a skeletal survey came back negative. Although the nurse noted that the infant wasn’t  …