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SPINE EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Patient Develops Sepsis From Undiagnosed Spinal Abscess SPINE Expert Case

Patient Develops Sepsis From Undiagnosed Spinal Abscess

This case involves an elderly woman with a past medical history of lumbar surgery, who presented to the emergency room with complaints of extreme pain. While the patient was in the emergency room she was given a number of painkillers, however the medicatio …

General Surgery Expert Evaluates Delayed Diagnosis of Spinal Bleeding SPINE Expert Case

This case involves a 73-year-old woman with a medical history of coronary artery disease and high cholesterol, who presented to the hospital with abdominal pain. After examinations, she was found to have a perforated ulcer and was taken to the operating ro …

Sleep Apnea Patient Suffers Stroke Following Neck Surgery SPINE Expert Case

…  in question, she received an injury to her cervical spine and as a result underwent surgery. The first night following her cervical spine surgery, she was placed in a high dependency unit. There, doctors …

Anesthesiology Expert Opines on Post-surgical Foot Drop SPINE Expert Case

Anesthesiology Expert Opines on Post-surgical Foot Drop

This case involves an elderly woman who was referred to a neurosurgeon for removal of a herniated disk. After the procedure, which was completed without incident, the patient noted that her foot was numb. The patient continued to experience ongoing loss of …

Woman Suffers Paraplegia Following Accident in Fitness Competition SPINE Expert Case

This case involves a 30-year-old female who was involved in a boot camp competition, where she was expected to lift a large amount of weight from the floor to above her head as many times as possible within a given time frame. Due to the timed nature of th …

Doctors Fail to Detect Spinal Fracture SPINE Expert Case

Doctors Fail to Detect Spinal Fracture

…  ordered which identified multiple injuries to her lower spine that had gone undetected during her initial visit to the emergency room. …

Negligent Placement of Spinal Implant Injures Patient SPINE Expert Case

Negligent Placement of Spinal Implant Injures Patient

This case takes place in Tennessee and involves a patient with a past medical history of leg pain following a back injury. She underwent a spinal fusion and decompression in an attempt to alleviate her pain, however, after the procedure her pain had increa …

Undiagnosed Infection Leads to Paralysis SPINE Expert Case

Undiagnosed Infection Leads to Paralysis

…  a female patient who underwent fusion surgery on her upper spine. The patient was discharged but later returned to the ER with signs of …  consequently was admitted to the ICU. A scan of the upper spine did not reveal evidence of an infection or any other damage to the spine. …

Patient Suffers Permanent Injury Due to Positioning in MRI Machine SPINE Expert Case

This case takes place in Rhode Island and involves a  patient with a past medical history of joint inflammation. Her condition was stable and she had been managed effectively for several years under the care of her rheumatologist. The patient eventually s …