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What does it mean "patient K"? I googled it to find an answer, but I found a lot of results without explanation to this term. What is "patient K"?

Clinical Example: Patient K., 54 years old, during 15 years has been suffering from type II DM (Diabetes Mellitus) with periodic phenomena of decompensation... (Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus - Book)

Another one: "Fig. 1. Patient K. with arteriovenous macrofistulous dysplasia of facial soft tissues before surgery." (researchgate)

Now, I don't think it is just an ordinal letter as (A,B,C,....K etc.) since it appears in places in which there are 3-4 questions only without referring to other letters at all.

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    You've provided no context. I don't think it means anything. I suppose one might have done a medical study, and then referred to each of the patients as Patient A, Patient B, etc. – J.R. May 25 '18 at 19:22
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    The next patient in line after Patient J and before Patient L? – Andrew May 25 '18 at 19:32
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    In 1958 aged 6 I had a schoolbook in which I met Lonely G - he was always getting left behind when people went fishin', ridin' and so on. Maybe he could learn from Patient K. – Michael Harvey May 25 '18 at 19:47
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    Where did you see/hear it? Also you should add examples (not links) for what you found on your Google search. – user3169 May 25 '18 at 19:58
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    Could be a patient named "Kevin" or "Kathy" or something whose name is being kept anonymous? – joiedevivre May 25 '18 at 20:34
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Unless otherwise indicated that there is some defined progression of patients in the study from Patient A through Patient K, then I would assume it's a convention of the medical journal where to use the first letter of the patient's name (probably last name) to preserve anonymity.

So "K" is short for some longer name, like "Kardashian, K.", "Kennedy. J.F.", "Khan, G.", "Kidman, N.", and so on.

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