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Yvonne, a 14 year old female, was referred to an orthopedist by her
pediatrician for evaluation of knee pain. The pediatrician thought perhaps
of her pain could be a bone tumor although she was not certain. Yvonne
and thigh pain on and off for several months which would wake her at night.
Her pain was unrelated to any trauma or accident. The orthopedist who the
pediatrician referred Yvonne to was too busy to see Yvonne and another
orthopedist in the group saw Yvonne. On the first and only visit the
D.O. took an x-ray of Yvonne’s knee (only). She did not take an x-ray of
hip/femur. The orthopedist, D.O. diagnosed her condition as hamstring
tendonitis. The orthopedist told Yvonne that she would continue to have
and off for several months. Yvonne went to therapy and did not return to
orthopedist, D.O. Four months later Yvonne’s leg fractured. A bone tumor
Yvonne’s leg caused her thigh bone (femur) to fracture. Yvonne has had
numerous surgeries to correct her orthopedic condition caused from the
Fortunately, the cancer has not returned.
1. The orthopedist should have taken x-rays of the femur/hip not just
her knee and the x-ray would have revealed the tumor in her femur.
2. If the tumor was discovered when the orthopedist first saw Yvonne
prognosis would be better and she would have had a much better orthopedic
3. Yvonne’s knee pain was caused from referred pain from the bone tumor
in her femur. In twenty (20%) percent of adolescents that complain of
non-traumatic knee pain the cause of the pain is not actually from the knee
but rather, it is from other medical conditions located in the hip or
For example, stress fractures in the hip/femur, low back problems, other
As such, the standard of care requires that on day one, an x-ray of the
femur/hip should be taken on any adolescent patient that complains of
non-traumatic knee pain to rule out a serious life threatening condition in
4. Orthopedist admits that she does not have a great deal of experience
in treating pediatric orthopedics patients. She is not a pediatric
1. Yvonne never complained of thigh pain and therefore the orthopedist
didn’t need to x-ray the femur/hip.
2. Yvonne should have returned to see the orthopedist. Orthopedist
scheduled an appointment for Plaintiff to return but the orthopedist
see Yvonne since Yvonne’s insurance authorization from her primary care
physician had expired.
3. Yvonne’s pain was caused from overuse of her leg from sports and the
tumor probably didn’t cause the pain in Yvonne’s knee.
4. The cancer specialist who operated on Yvonne and saved her leg and
life is at fault because he should have used a titanium implant in the
instead of an allograft (cadaver bone from a bone bank) when operating on
leg. Had he used the titanium she would have had a better orthopedic
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