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(AZ Family)   Don't you hate it when you have excessive fluid on the brain so a doctor implants an experimental shunt in your head to relieve the pressure and then retires and since it's experimental nobody else knows what to do when the shunt breaks?   (azfamily.com) divider line 9
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2012-10-05 02:59:02 AM  
4 votes:
I get the feeling this is more an issue of legal liability. If the doctors try to fix it and fail, then the family can sue. If they do nothing, they can't be held liable. Hooray for tort reform.
2012-10-05 08:17:38 AM  
2 votes:
Put in another shunt. She isn't the only patient with hydrocephalus and there isn't a a shunt shortage. A shunt is a 30 minute operation and replacing one is even quicker so there's some other factor at play like nobody is willing to pay for it and you can't repo a shunt.
2012-10-05 02:52:00 AM  
2 votes:
So the retired doctor did all these experiments in private with no documentation or anything? Didn't mention anything to anyone, ever?

Really?

I have to know more because this don't make no sense!
2012-10-05 02:32:14 AM  
2 votes:
So far, no doctors in Arizona have been able to help Carissa because of the experimental nature of the shunt.
"We basically have hit a roadblock, because it's an experimental shunt," said Daniella. "No other neurosurgeon here has dealt with this kind of shunt. They're not familiar with it."



Did I miss the news when they closed the other borders?
2012-10-05 09:45:44 AM  
1 votes:

WhoGAS: So the retired doctor did all these experiments in private with no documentation or anything? Didn't mention anything to anyone, ever?

Really?

I have to know more because this don't make no sense!


This.

discount sushi: Why haven't they contacted the manufacturer of the shunt? I know it was experimental, but it's not a device her doctor would have been making on his own in his basement.


And this.

Unless this "doctor" was some kind of mad scientist working only with Igor, there must be some kind of documentation somewhere. Certainly it's gross misconduct by the original hospital if they allowed him to perform surgery (especially experimental surgery) without written documentation of what he did. This whole story makes no sense.
2012-10-05 09:41:08 AM  
1 votes:
...this stuff should be charted. If nothing else, the type of shunt, brand, operative procedure etc should be in the operative notes. I have a hard time believing that the absence of a single pediatric neurosurgeon would lead to a stand still like this. Something stinks big time.
What we really need in this position is more information...there is some sort of fark detective brigade, right?
GBB
2012-10-05 06:04:34 AM  
1 votes:
I had a girlfriend in highschool that had something similar. This was 1991-1992. She had an obvious "thing" near her collar bone, under the skin. She explained it was to help drain the fluid around her brain.

There is no way that no one knows what do to here. It's not like this guy made her a Borg and now no one can take out the implants.
2012-10-05 04:34:19 AM  
1 votes:
trekcore.com

My God, man! Drilling holes in his head isn't the answer! The artery must be repaired! Now put away your butcher knives and let me save this patient before it's too late!
2012-10-05 02:22:50 AM  
1 votes:
Trepanning FTW.
 
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