Author: Anna Mantle

Pain clinic schedule for summer/autumn 2022

Our pain experts will once again be on the move, offering medicolegal consultations around the country in addition to their regular Reading/London clinic locations. Confirmed dates for Dr Ivan Ramos-Galvez 1 August - BIRMINGHAM Confirmed…
Categories : News, Pain
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The Medicolegal Aspects of End-of-Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit

The majority of people express a wish to spend their last days at home but, in reality, over half will die in hospital (1), and many of these deaths will take place in the intensive care…
Categories : Intensive care
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Facial trauma in a medicolegal context

Facial trauma can be a major cause of morbidity, particularly in young adults. This is because the head and neck region contains the major sensory and functional organs. A major component of the morbidity is…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Somatoform Pain Disorder: Pre-accident psychological history and vulnerability and the BUT FOR test in the absence of a trigger

Somatoform disorder (SD) is defined as physical symptoms suggestive of a medical condition which are unexplained by an underlying disease or mental disorder. Somatoform symptoms are common, and mild ones, such as stress as a…
Categories : Articles, Ivan Ramos-Galvez, Pain
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Potential Medicolegal Pitfalls Arising from the Unpredictable Progression of Premalignant Conditions to Oral Cancer

It is well established that oral cavity cancer, commonly squamous cell carcinomas, develops in a two-step process involving molecular and biochemical cellular alterations. This pathological evolution can be associated with clinical changes of the affected…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Future Prospects for Patients with a History of Chronic Pain

Pain is defined as chronic when it lasts for more than three months. At this point, it stops being just a symptom and becomes a condition in its own right, although it is also associated…
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Common Causes of Medical Negligence in Intensive Care

Patients treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) often have complicated and life-threatening conditions, which may require treatments that are often invasive and sometimes potentially dangerous. Not surprisingly, adverse events are frequent and may lead…
Categories : Intensive care
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A Medicolegal Perspective on Burns and Scar Management

Burns occur when the body is injured by contact with a number of different agents, including heat, chemicals, electricity or radiation. A scald is also essentially a burn, but specifically one caused by hot liquids…
Categories : Articles, Plastic Surgery
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Unusual patterns of spread of the mechanical symptoms of chronic back pain and their medicolegal implications

Back pain is one of the commonest reasons for a patient to visit their doctor, and it is estimated that around 80% of adults will suffer from it at least once during their lifetime. Back…
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The Medicolegal Implications of Placebo Use in Pain Medicine

A placebo is any medication or procedure with no known therapeutic effect. Placebos are often given for the psychological, rather than physiological, benefit of the patient and are also used as a control measure in…
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