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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Litigation

1 Introduction 1.1 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) remains a poorly understood phenomenon. In the realm of medical litigation, the syndrome can prove particularly challenging to substantiate. This is often due to the lack of…
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Prevalence of Degenerative Changes in Back and Spinal Pain and the Medicolegal Implications

Back pain is the commonest reason patients consult their GP, and it has been estimated that 60–80% of the population will experience the condition at some point during their lifetime. There is a significant socioeconomic…
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Delivery of ICU Care

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus, has had an enormous impact on healthcare systems around the world. Understandably, intensive care unit (ICU) provision has seen the most significant effects and has had to…
Categories : Articles, Intensive care
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Reliability and Veracity in Medicolegal Pain Cases

An accurate and reliable assessment of the patient’s condition is crucial in achieving a fair outcome in medicolegal cases involving chronic pain. While assessment of acute pain is relatively straightforward, measurement of chronic pain, and…
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The Medicolegal Challenges of Nerve Injuries in the Upper Limb

The nervous system comprises a network of nerves and nerve cells that carry messages between the brain and spinal cord and other parts of the body through a series of chemical and electrical changes. Nerves,…
Categories : Articles, Plastic Surgery
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The diagnosis and management of Sepsis

Sepsis is a relatively common condition which has very high rates of both morbidity and mortality. In recent years, there has been a significant rise in sepsis-related hospital admissions, both in the UK and other…
Categories : Articles, Intensive care
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The Role of Diagnostic and Treatment Delays in the Prognosis of Oral Cancer

Cancer of the oral cavity is the most common malignancy of the head and neck (1). The disease occurs more frequently in men (2–4), although the current male-to-female ratio of 2:1 appears to be decreasing…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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The Role of Neuroimaging in Neonatal Brain Injuries due to Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy

Brain injuries arising from hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) can be devastating and are one of the commonest causes of morbidity and mortality in new-born infants. HIE occurs in around 1.5 in every 1,000 live births. An…
Categories : Articles, Neuroradiology
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Pelvic Mesh Implants: Issues at a Physical and Psychological Level

In this second article related to pelvic mesh implants, Dr Ivan Ramos-Galvez, discusses the physical and psychological issues that can arise following surgery for pelvic mesh implants. In his first article on the topic Dr…
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Latest treatment options for chronic pain

Chronic pain is associated with decreased function and also affects the patient’s emotional wellbeing and quality of life. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain often does not have an obvious physiologic cause and this can make…
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