How poor record-keeping left a doctor liable after a painful proctoscopy

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Poor record-keeping leaves a GP open to litigation after a rectal examination.

A 50-year-old woman attended her GP with concerns about her haemorrhoids. The patient alleged the GP recommended a proctoscopy and that, as soon as the instrument was inserted, she experienced intense anal pain and screamed. She reported that the GP did not continue the examination and the patient was left with PR bleeding, intense pain in her rectum, feeling light-headed and dizzy, and had to apply a cold pack to the region to relieve the pain.

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