Grey's Anatomy: Inoperable Spinal Tumor
  • Ethics → Applied Ethics → Medical Ethics
  • Human Anatomy → Central Nervous System → Spinal Cord

Derek is tasked with performing a risky surgical procedure in order to remove a spinal tumor from a patient. He and Meredith discuss the problem and potential solutions. During the discussion, Derek draws a diagram of the spine that illustrates the issue the patient is facing. Derek faces a dilemma: if he cuts the cord, he will kill the tumor, but the patient will lose function in both of his legs. Derek tries to find a way to cure the tumor without cutting the cord.

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  • Erin Hattabaugh
    over 2 years ago
    In legal and ethics course about diagnostic medicine.
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