Physicians Tell Us The Worst Injury They've Seen During Routine Check-Ups

Physicians Tell Us The Worst Injury They've Seen During Routine Check-Ups


Can you say... ouch?

Sure you can. You'll be saying much more than that by the time we're done.


AHHHH (1/10)

My brother once jumped on the front of my white car, grabbing the front pillars with his hands. I closed the door and caught his finger, which he pulled out quickly (as you do) but there was a tiny chip of paint that had come off the car and got lodged under the skin somehow. He must have spent a week or so chewing on it to try to get the paint out, but it just wasn't working so he went to the doctor to see if he could help. After checking it out, the doctor tells him, "The reason you can't get that out is because it's your bone."

Apparently when I shut the door on his finger, I'd broken the tip of his pinkie enough so he could see the bone through the skin and he'd spent the next few days trying to pull his own finger bone out with his teeth.


AHHHH (2/10)

Junior doctor from Australia here.

I had a young lady come in for a Pap smear. She was chatty and relaxed, not nervous at all. She lay on the bed and I got the speculum ready. I opened it up and instead of seeing her cervix I saw a kiwi-fruit sized blob of bloody tissue just hanging out in her vaginal canal.

It was one of my first Pap smears I ever did, and I had a sudden bizarre thought that I had broken her vagina. I hadn't though, it was just a big uterine polyp that had emerged and was in her vagina hanging by a thread of tissue. She was mortified although I tried to reassure her.

This was in a small town and later that day I went to the bakery to get some lunch and she was behind the counter.

The most common "surprise" I see is patients in long term marriages etc who come up positive for chlamydia.


AHHHH (3/10)

I was putting a patient with mild breathing difficulty on a COPD research study. He remarked that he had been "healthy as a horse" all his life. The next day, his routine chest X-ray showed metastatic lung cancer. He was dead within 2 months.



AHHHH (4/10)

Guy comes in for an eye exam. I note one eye seems a bit redder then the other. He tells me it's been like that since a branch snapped back and hit him in the face 3 months earlier. I look under his upper lid and there is a piece of wood the size of a tic tac embedded in the underside of the eyelid. Can not believe it did not bother him more.


AHHHH (5/10)

One lady came in, referred from her optometrist for cataract surgery, the optometrist did note she had slightly higher than normal pressure in one eye at 23 (normal ranging typically between 10 and 20).

When I checked her pressure it had risen to 35. Normally straight after this I would dilate her eyes so the doctor can see inside, but I told the lady that based on a hunch I wanted to do a scan of the angles between her iris and cornea before doing that. I found that these angles had closed.

Basically, due to her growing cataract, her iris had pushed out, blocking the gap at the outer edge of her iris where the fluid in the eye generally flows. Because of this, the fluid in her eye was very quickly rising. Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma isn't rare, but if you dilate someone's eye who has it, you close those angles even more and eye pressure continues to rise rapidly, causing death of nerves in the eye.

I'm just the tech, but thanks to my hunch and scanning first, I could have saved her sight. The doctor performed laser treatment that day to hold those angles open until her cataracts can be removed.



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