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Orthopedist Breaches the Physician-Patient Relationship by Failure to Communicate Urgent Pre-op Chest X-Ray Findings

By Michael J. Bono, MD, FACEP

August 17, 2015

The Case

A woman in her 60’s went to an orthopedic surgeon with complaints of the right hip, right leg, and back pain for a month. The patient’s history included: a 1-2 pack a day smoker; social; drinking, and Hepatitis C. The orthopedic surgeon diagnosed osteoarthritis of the right hip and pelvis, advising the patient she would eventually have to have a total right hip replacement.

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