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Medical Verdicts

Sponge left in abdomen leads to pain, infertility

May 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 5
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<court>Collier County (Fla) Circuit Court</court>

Three weeks after a successful cesarean delivery, a woman complained to her physician of pain and discomfort in the lower right quadrant of her abdomen. The physician ordered a series of blood tests and advised the woman that her pain was the result of a hematoma that would heal itself with time. However, the pain did not subside on its own.

Some time later, an x-ray of the abdomen revealed a retained surgical sponge, which was removed via laparotomy.

In suing, the woman claimed that she suffered damage to her reproductive organs as a result of the physician’s negligence. In addition, she cannot conceive naturally.

  • The jury awarded the plaintiff $438,686.

The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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