Alleged delay in diagnosis of ovarian cancer
<court>Rockland County (NY) Supreme Court</court>
After 3 normal visits to her ObGyn over a span of 8 months, and a negative sonogram, a woman presented complaining of pain in the adnexal region. A sonogram at this time led to the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. The woman underwent chemotherapy and a hysterectomy.
In suing, the woman asserted that her ObGyn should have suspected ovarian cancer and that earlier detection would have led to less invasive surgery and could have obviated the need for chemotherapy.
The physician claimed that an earlier sonogram was unnecessary because the woman had no complaints of pain. The ObGyn also asserted that the treatment course would have been the same.
- 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 (www.verdictslaska.com). The available information about the cases presented here is sometimes incomplete; thus, pertinent details of a given situation may be unavailable. Moreover, the cases may or may not have merit. Nevertheless, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation and are meant to illustrate nationwide variation in jury verdicts and awards.