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Medical Verdicts


Late Paget’s disease diagnosis blamed for mastectomy

June 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 6

<court>Dallas County (Tex) District Court</court>

Complaining of itching, burning, and redness around the nipple of her left breast, a 40-year-old woman presented to her Ob/Gyn. The physician diagnosed her condition as dermatitis and prescribed a topical lotion.

Four months later, the woman returned with the same symptoms. About 2 weeks later, another physician diagnosed Paget’s disease. She subsequently underwent a modified radical mastectomy.

In suing, the patient argued that her first doctor was negligent in diagnosing and treating her condition in a timely manner.

  • The jury returned a defense verdict.

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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