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Doctors misdiagnosed a woman four times before she succumbed to a relatively common ailment, a perforated peptic ulcer. She had presented to many different health services with severe abdominal pain, where doctors diagnosed her with gall bladder disease and nerve irritation and sent her home with pain relief, eventhough she was taking anti-inflammatory drugs at the time, which are known to cause stomach problems. The woman's death might have been avoided if she had been aware of the adverse effects that anti-inflammatory medications can have as well as a high index of suspicion from the doctors.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by CTV.ca
About: Common adverse effect leads to death via misdiagnosis
Date: 31 May 2005
Author: Kathy Tomlinson, Margo Harper
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