Diagnostic delay proves costly for all involved
Medicolegal expert Dr Craig Lilienthal reviews a case in which a teenage patient sues two country GPs after they failed to diagnose a rare tumour on her spinal cord and she was left a paraplegic.
A teenage girl was admitted to a country hospital with the sudden onset of low back pain, which developed after swinging on a rope over a river.
The pain was severe, extending down the outside of her thighs, but was worse on the right side. She was crying, needed assistance to walk