The man was having surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, but the operating team neglected to take out his dentures before the operation. The X-ray showed a semicircular object lying across the man’s vocal cords. During the patient’s first return to the emergency room, doctors were unable to diagnose the problem and the unnamed man was sent home with a prescription for mouthwash, antibiotics and steroids. He remained in the hospital for another six days.
« It has long been known that one gets the majority of the information needed to form a diagnosis based on the patients’ history.»«.
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