Sinus Infection Leads to Brain Abscess

February 2009
Clinician Reviews;Feb2009, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p9
Academic Journal
This article discusses a malpractice lawsuit filed against an emergency department (ED) physician and a physician assistant (PA) for failing to diagnose a sinus infection and to prescribe appropriate antibiotics in a female patient in her 50s who complained of severe headaches for several days. At a hospital ED, she was given muscle relaxants and pain medication. After two days, she also experienced nasal discharge, swollen eyes, red sinuses and nausea. She developed stroke-like symptoms five days later. She underwent an emergency brain surgery.


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