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Medical Verdicts

Defective bladder sling causes vaginal skin erosion

September 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 9
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<court>Philadelphia County (Pa) Court of Common Pleas</court>

A woman with urinary incontinence presented to a specialist, who implanted a bladder sling made by Boston Scientific Corp (Natick, Mass).

The woman later sued, claiming the device eroded the skin in her vagina. She contended that the sling material had been tested on other body parts, but not the bladder.

Boston Scientific’s bladder sling was voluntarily recalled less than 2 years after it was introduced; more than 600 cases are pending nationwide.

  • The jury awarded the plaintiff $400,000.

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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