3 doctors sued for failing to monitor a patient's lithium levels
A 55-year-old financial adviser with a 30-year history of bipolar disorder attended his GP intermittently. He was being treated with lithium for mood stabilisation and, in the proceeding years, had developed diabetes, obesity, hypertension and a tremor.
His psychiatrist had recommended he return to have his lithium levels checked, but the patient preferred to see his GP.
When admitted to hospital for a cholecystectomy, his lithium levels were in the therapeutic range.
Four months later, he presented to his GP with episodic vomiting