Misinterpreted radiograph

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6940.1373 (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1373
  1. J Vive
  1. Crawley Hospital, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7DH.

    EDITOR, - I am amazed that the barium swallow reported by Duncan McCrae was misinterpreted.1 The film published clearly shows the patient's hand holding the cup of barium at an angle projected over the much narrower oesophagus, the cup not having been discarded on a ledge between the beam and the film (as McCrae would have us believe). Assuming that the radiologist did not make the error of interpreting the cup as a foreign body responsible for the patient's recurrent episodes of acute total dysphagia, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital should instigate an inquiry into why the radiologist's report was not considered and who was responsible for the misdiagnosis.


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