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When the Patient is a Doctor

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21 Sep 2016 - General
 

One of the most challenging patients to have is a physician. Not only is it common for them to have so many complications (colloquially termed as "extensionitis"), but they always refuse or delay medical treatment. About a year ago, one of the "terror" doctors in our institution was admitted due to dizziness, nausea and vomiting. She was advised Cranial imaging and lumbar puncture but she refused. Her symptoms improved after a few days and she went home without doing anything. Few days later she recurred with similar symptoms. She finally agreed to a Cranial MRI and to our surprise she has multiple nodules on the cerebellar peduncles and atrial portions of both ventricles. She was advised a biopsy, but she was undecided and opted to go home instead. She held on to the belief that it was tubercular lesions and she started taking anti-TB regimen. She didn't come back until after two weeks, her symptoms worsened and she finally agreed to stereotactic biopsy. Turns out she had a lymphoma. Do you have any similar experiences?

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I think type of challenge can be extended to other health professionals. Sometimes, having any health professionals as a patient can become difficult. It is ironic as you would think it would be easier as they would understand the medical jargon. Unf...
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I think type of challenge can be extended to other health professionals. Sometimes, having any health professionals as a patient can become difficult. It is ironic as you would think it would be easier as they would understand the medical jargon. Unf...
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