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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2011 Jul;112(1):126-31. doi: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2011.01.007. Epub 2011 Mar 31.

Medico-legal aspects of altered sensation following endodontic treatment: a retrospective case series.

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Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to analyze cases of liability claims related to persistent altered sensation following endodontic treatments so as to characterize the medico-legal aspects of this complication.

STUDY DESIGN:

A comprehensive search of an Israeli professional liability insurance database was conducted to retrospectively identify and analyze cases of persistent altered sensation following endodontic treatment.

RESULTS:

Sixteen claims of persistent altered sensation following endodontic treatments were identified and analyzed. The typical profile of a claim was a female patient who underwent an endodontic treatment at a second mandibular molar, which was associated with overfilling. A significant correlation between the tooth location and the suggested cause of nerve injury was found. None of the claims were reported by the practitioners, and all cases were identified as a result of the patient's demand for financial compensation, either directly or by legal actions.

CONCLUSIONS:

When a nerve injury is diagnosed, the treating practitioner should be encouraged to seek medical and legal assistance so as to prevent permanent damage and to enable a better medico-legal response.

PMID:
21458320
DOI:
10.1016/j.tripleo.2011.01.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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