When I was doing my fellowship, one of my attendings asked for my opinion on some abstracts that had been submitted for a conference. I gave him my thoughts on whether the abstracts he showed me should be accepted or rejected, but this was one where I really didn't know what to say:
It was a case of a patient who was having chemo with vincristine, which was mistakenly injected intrathecally (into the subarachnoid space) instead of intravenously on cycle #5. First, let's examine that sentence: Vincristine was mistakenly injected intrathecally instead of intravenously.
How is that POSSIBLE? If I went in for chemo and I was supposed to get a drug in my vein, and they accidentally injected it into my spinal fluid, I really think I'd notice. Especially if it was my fifth time. Is there something I'm missing?? There must be. Anyway, the patient got a spinal cord injury and ended up quadriplegic. Yikes.
The abstract wasn't reporting this interesting complication though, but rather, the challenges associated with rehab for a patient on chemo. However, instead of actually reporting anything specific to this patient, he just gave a little book report on general complications associated with chemo during rehab.
But my absolute favorite part is the random "results" section he threw in:
Results: Spinal cord injury after accidental administration of intrathecal vincristine with ongoing chemotherapy is very difficult to treat.
It sure is.