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GPs are warned of costs of missing “red flags” for spinal condition

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 21 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1427
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has warned GPs, particularly those working out of hours, about the importance of diagnosing cauda equina syndrome promptly to avoid long term disability in patients.1

The MDU has paid out £8m (€9.2m; $9.9m) in compensation and £4.5m in claimants’ legal costs to settle claims for alleged failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome over the past 11 years. The condition causes compression to nerve roots below the end of the spinal cord, leading to long term disability, and is most commonly the result of a slipped disc, although it can be caused by an infection or tumour.

An article in the MDU …

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