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A routine operation for treating rhinorrhea and sneezing due to sinusitis resulted in a 6 month hospital stay after the ENT surgeon penetrated the patientsí brain, causing reduced vision, problems reading, writing and speaking, and poor memory and concentration. The patient and his family were initially informed that he had suffered a stroke while under anesthetic and required neurological specialist intervention. A family friend, who is a radiologist, independently reviewed the manís head scans and discovered that his neurological disabilities were in fact due to surgical complications. He subsequently moved to a different hospital to fix a hole in his skull and reduce further insult to his brain. The patient won compensation and the surgeon continues to practise.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Mirror.co
About: Nose surgery ended in brain damage
Date: 15 November 2005
Author: Megan Lloyd Davies
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