PA "Guarantees" Patient Does Not Have Appendicitis

Lang, David M.
August 2011
Clinician Reviews;Aug2011, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p20
Academic Journal
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.


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