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Medical Verdicts

Did injuries necessitate cesarean sections?

October 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 10
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<court>Queens County (NY) Supreme Court</court>

After a miscarriage at 13 weeks’ gestation, a woman in her late 30s underwent a dilatation and curettage (D&C) by her obstetrician. After 6 months of complications she underwent surgery that included removal of a diseased section of her sigmoid colon and a colostomy. After the colostomy was closed, she underwent a myomectomy and removal of uterine fibroids. Subsequently, the woman gave birth to 3 healthy male infants by cesarean section.

In suing, the woman claimed the obstetrician was negligent in perforating the uterus and bowel during the D&C, which necessitated the colostomy and cesarean deliveries.

The obstetrician argued that the injuries were a known risk of D&C and said the uterine injury did not necessitate the cesarean deliveries, but that the fibroid removal did.

  • 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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