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Medical Verdicts

Small-bowel transection causes death

July 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 7
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A woman who underwent an abdominal hysterectomy died. The family claimed that during the surgery the physician transected the small bowel and then failed to recognize and treat the injury in a timely manner, leading to the woman’s death. The family also claimed lack of informed consent.

The physician claimed that death was a known complication of the procedure.

  • The jury returned a defense verdict.

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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