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Man orders doctor to perform a test which could have ultimately saved his life

A man coming off a long plane flight noticed that his calf was swollen, the skin was tight, the back of his knee ached and it felt warmer than the other leg. He went to the doctor immediately and told him that he suspected phlebitis which he had had twice before. The young doctor refused to give him a Doppler scan which was a definitive test for the condition. The man then told him that he had already had the condition twice before and knew what the symptoms were. The doctor only gave in when the man became really insistent. The scan revealed a blood clot and he was immediately hospitalized and given anticoagulation treatment. After five days in hospital he was fine. When he had previously been afflicted with the condition, he had developed a blood clot in his lung which required two weeks in intensive care, caused amnesia and he needed to take a year off work. His costs also amounted to $200,000.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Port Charlotte Herald

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About: Man orders doctor to perform a test which could have ultimately saved his life

Date: 29 December 2004

Source: Port Charlotte Herald

URL: http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/122904/tp15ch16.htm?date=122904&story=tp15ch16.htm

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