A Foothill Ranch doctor with a history of insufficient record keeping is, again, facing reprimand by the state medical board. This time it's for doing an unsuccessful procedure and then not making a proper diagnosis.
In November of 2005, a 62-year-old woman, who had recently returned from a trip to Turkey, came to Patel complaining of stomach pain and diarrhea.
A few days later she came back to the office for an endoscopy in hopes of finding what was causing the pain.
He thought the swelling might be an allergic reaction to the anesthesia from the procedure, so he gave her a steroid and painkiller and sent her home.
By 5 p.m., her chest hurt and the swelling had increased. She called Patel and he told her to take an over-the-counter pill for gas and use ice to ease the swelling. He didn't, however, document the conversation.