We report a case of a patient who used multiple aliases as part of a medical fraud scheme. As a consequence, the surgical team was unaware of a left-sided adrenal mass that had been documented for this patient under another name. In the operating room, severe hypertension from the undiagnosed pheochromocytoma led to a ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest. This case demonstrates the importance of physician awareness of medical identity fraud and its potential consequences.
From the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon.
Accepted for publication August 20, 2013.
Funding: No funding.
Drs. Michelle Tully and Jason Trujillo are co-first authors.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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