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A woman suffered acute appendicitis that resulted in severe peritonitis after her appendix burst when she was misdiagnosed for 5 days in hospital with food poisoning. Upon transfer to another hospital the previous treating doctors' error was identified, despite conducting investigations including blood, urine and feces tests, and an abdominal CT scan. She was treated with analgesics and bowel softeners, despite her abdomen bloating and suffering from severe pain. She subsequently developed intestinal adhesions due to the ruptured appendix and could have died from the complications.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Saipan Tribune
About: Misdiagnosis of acute appendicitis almost costs patient their life
Date: 9 December 2005
Source: Saipan Tribune
Author: Ferdie Dela Torre
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