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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2003;33(6): 602-605.
Medico-legal Problems in the Treatment of Spinal Disorders: Report of Three Cases: Case Report.
Kyeong Seok Lee, Jae Won Doh, Hack Gun Bae, Il Gyu Yun
Department of Neurosurgery, Soonchunhyang University Chonan Hospital, Chonan, Korea. kslshl@schch.co.kr
Spinal disorders associated with medico-legal issues are increasing. We present three patients with possible medical dispute or ethical dilemma. A pregnant woman aborted her baby after an operation for intractable pain from lumbar disc herniations. A man received an unnecessary radiation therapy for a spinal infection missdiagnosed as a metastatic tumor. A urinary incontinence developed after an inappropriate surgery in a woman with acute lumbar sprain. These accidents can be happened for any doctors. We try to find a practical way and a smooth solution.
Key Words: Pregnancy; Lumbar disc herniation; Metastasis; Ethics; Malpractice; Spine
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