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Complicated Communication: Discussing Unexpected Outcomes with Patients Print E-mail
Written by Marshaleen King, MD | Mutual Matters   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 19:14

Case Scenario
A 32-year-old woman underwent emergency cesarean section due to fetal bradycardia. Her C-section was complicated by an injury to her bladder which was repaired immediately by her obstetrician. Post-operatively, the patient was not informed of this complication as the obstetrician reasoned that this was included as a possible complication on the consent form. In addition, the obstetrician was of the opinion that the bladder repair was successful thus the patient was unlikely to experience any future problems related to this complication.
Ten days following delivery the patient presented to her primary care physician complaining that an increasing amount of fluid was draining continuously from her vagina. The patient's primary care physician examined her and reviewed the records that had been faxed over by the obstetrician following her delivery.

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