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Medical Verdicts


Was abscess missed on CT?

January 2004 · Vol. 16, No. 1

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

Five days after giving birth to a girl via cesarean section, a 24-year-old woman underwent computed tomography (CT) imaging, with normal results. Four days later, another CT scan showed an abscess at the incision. Although the abscess was drained and treated with antibiotics, it did not clear up for 2 weeks. The patient was discharged after 25 days. She reportedly suffers from continued back pain.

In suing, she alleged that the doctor failed to take proper cultures and did not read the first CT scan correctly. The incorrect diagnosis delayed proper management, she argued.

  • The jury returned a defense verdict.

The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts (www.verdictslaska.com). 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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