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Medical Verdicts

Bowel injury leads to long recovery

August 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 8
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<court>Shelby County (Tenn) Circuit Court</court>

An elderly woman underwent a hysterectomy as treatment for endometrial cancer. During the procedure the bowel was injured. Two days later a second surgery was performed to repair the bowel, but was unsuccessful. After a third surgery, an abdominal infection and a fistula developed, requiring a lengthy recuperation.

In suing, the woman claimed the defendant negligently performed the first surgery. The defendant contended that the injury was a surgical complication due to dense adhesions encountered during the first 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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