I just completed another shift in the emergency room (which I do about once per month), and it continually amazes me the amount of non-emergent cases that comes through – but that’s for another rant.
So I’m reading that the family of John Ritter is suing the hospital for misdiagnosing his ascending aortic aneurysm. Galen certainly has some tough words for this. I’ll reserve opinion since I’m not familiar with the case.
We’re taught there are generally four causes of chest pain that can result in sudden death. They are myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolus, aortic dissection, or tension pneumothorax. According to the story: