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7th EFSMA – European Congress of Sports Medicine, 3rd Central European Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Annual Assembly of the German and the Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

26.-29.10.2011, Salzburg, Austria

Role of the physian in the clinical protocol – drawing a lesson from a case

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  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Tibor Mintal - University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
  • Zsolt Sárszegi - University of Pécs, Pécs, Germany

7th EFSMA – European Congress of Sports Medicine, 3rd Central European Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Salzburg, 26.-29.10.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2011. Doc11esm230

doi: 10.3205/11esm230, urn:nbn:de:0183-11esm2306

Published: October 24, 2011

© 2011 Mintal et al.
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Objective: The medical practice is a series of clinical decisions.Not even a good practice basing on up to date guidances and instruments and investigation leads to the best clinical judgement. Respecting the patient but forgetting the sportsman even the right clinical decisiond could break sport carriers.

27 years old african origin professional basketball player suffered calf strain during training and forced 2 days break.

During the next session he has reported weakness, dizziness and collapsed without losing consciousness. After appropiate water intake he has become asymptomatic and left for home. The following day at lunchtime he has had the same attack and the ambulance has brouht him to the Neurologic Departement of the University Hospital.

Material/Methods: Negative neuroligal symtoms ans signs. Normal lab results. Brain CT scan w/o defect. ECG: sinus rhythm, marked negative T-waves in II, III, aVF and V4-6, tall peaked T- waves in V2-3. The was transferred to the Emergency and Accident Departement because of possible cardiac background.

Emergency and Accident Department: repeated normal lab results, no further changes on ECG. Echocardiography-concentric left ventricular hypertrophy otherwise unremarkable. The patient was admitted to the Department of Medicine for overnight observaton.

Department of Medicine: repeated normal lab results, the patient was tranferred to the Department of Cardiology.

Department of Cardiology. Abdominal ultrasound: renal cyst, otherwise unremarable. Normal glucose tolarance-test. ECG: sinus rhytm, PR 225 ms, QRS 90 ms, normal R- axis, transition zone at V2-3., deep negative T waves in II, III, aVF and V4-6. Prominent ventricular strain. The clinical decision was complete prohibition from sports.

Echocardiography: suspected cardiomyopathy, ventricular wall tickness exceeds the normal upper limit. The clinical decision was complete prohibition from sports.

MRI: CMP was excluded

A cardiologist consultation: pacemaker implantation was suggested based up on the telemetric and echocardiographic results. The conclusion was still complete prohibition from sports.

The specialists in Sport Medicine reviewed the case and the medical literature decided letting the patient continouing his sport carrier without need of further intervention.

Results: In consequence of this decision the sportsman has been playing in his front-rank club succesfully. His symptoms have not repeated with following the suggested diet.

Conclusion: A high risk clinical decision considering the special circumstances of the sportsman even it differs from accepted clinical protocolls can give back an entire sporting carrier.