Three GPs face negligence claims after a complicated presentation

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Dr Craig Lillienthal analyses a complicated medico-legal case.


Background

The patient, a 65-year-old female, consulted a GP registrar in a country town, complaining of pain in her wrists, shoulders and neck. The GP suspected polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and arranged the appropriate blood tests. He prescribed oral prednisolone 25mg daily and asked her to return in two days for the results.

When seen a week later, she

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