TITLE

PA "Guarantees" Patient Does Not Have Appendicitis

AUTHOR(S)
Lang, David M.
PUB. DATE
August 2011
SOURCE
Clinician Reviews;Aug2011, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the case of a man from Utah who complained of abdominal pains that was diagnosed as flu and treated with antiviral medication, ibuprofen. The physician-assistant (PA) guaranteed that the condition was not appendicitis. When the pain persisted, another clinic diagnosed the patient with ruptured appendix, and an emergency appendectomy was performed. Clinicians are therefore advised to document a grave diagnosis where no action is taken in the absence of symptomatology.
ACCESSION #
65148268

 

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