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Medical Verdicts

Did OCs for menorrhagia cause aphasia?

August 2004 · Vol. 16, No. 8
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A 47-year-old woman presented with menorrhagia, for which her Ob/Gyn prescribed oral contraceptives (OCs). Approximately 1 month later, the woman suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that resulted in aphasia.

In suing, the woman contended that, as per the standard of care, she should have been prescribed progesterone—not OCs—due to a family history of strokes.

The defendant, while aware of the patient’s history, believed the benefits of OCs outweighed the risks.

  • The jury awarded the plaintiff $545,000.

The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn. ( 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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