SPINAL TAP EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Neurology Expert Discusses Fatal Delay in Meningitis Diagnosis SPINAL TAP Expert Case

This case involves a young male patient in Ohio who presented to the emergency room with complaints of back pain that had lasted several days. After a brief physical evaluation, the patient was prescribed a muscle relaxant and discharged without any lab s …

Physician Assistant Fails to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis in Child SPINAL TAP Expert Case

This case involves a young girl who began complaining of a sore throat. The next day, she reportedly slept most of the day, and exhibited a fever, which became progressively worse on the next day. She was brought to her pediatricians office where she was …

Expert Opines on Lapses in Decubitus Ulcer Care SPINAL TAP Expert Case

Expert Opines on Lapses in Decubitus Ulcer Care

This case involves an elderly Wyoming man who passed away due to multi-organ system failure following surgery – the Plaintiff had an underlying diagnoses of congestive heart failure as well as diabetes, which was being treated with Onglyza. The patient w …

Missed Diagnosis of Meningitis Leads to Patient’s Death SPINAL TAP Expert Case

Missed Diagnosis of Meningitis Leads to Patient’s Death

This case involves a forty-one-year-old female who presented to the emergency room at the request of her primary care physician for severe persistent headaches. CT head reports were normal and a lumbar puncture was also negative, however initial blood w …

Myelogram Leads to Punctured Spinal Cord and Paralysis SPINAL TAP Expert Case

Myelogram Leads to Punctured Spinal Cord and Paralysis

This case involves a female patient with a history of long-standing low back pain with a previous lumbar fusion performed at L3-S1. The patient was referred to the defending physician for a diagnostic myelogram and CT scan with consideration for a possible …

Lumbar Puncture in Leukemia Patient Causes Fatal Hematoma SPINAL TAP Expert Case

Lumbar Puncture in Leukemia Patient Causes Fatal Hematoma

…  hematoma with compression of the cauda equina and severe spinal hemorrhage. The patient had the lumbar puncture despite her …  patient’s refractory leukemia, coagulopathy status, and spinal instability. The patient survived the procedure but suffered from …

Failure to Treat Advanced Multiple Sclerosis SPINAL TAP Expert Case

Failure to Treat Advanced Multiple Sclerosis

…  under the care of a neurologist. The patient underwent a spinal tap and had MRI imaging of the brain; all results pointed to that of MS. The …