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Medical malpractice suit filed against Pennsylvania urologist

A Pennsylvania urologist is being sued for medical malpractice by a former patient. The patient claims that the doctor did not inform her that a cancerous tumor was growing in the area of her stomach after he had performed a medical procedure in the area. A report on the medical malpractice suit did not state the amount of compensation the patient is requesting.

After discovering she had a mass on one of her kidneys, the woman went to the urologist to have the mass removed laparoscopically. At the follow-up exam one month later, he told her the mass had been benign and scheduled another follow-up for six months later. Before the six-month follow-up, she had an ultrasound that confirmed all continued to be well. Two months after being told all was well, she began having stomach pains and was told by hospital doctors that tests revealed she had a large mass in her stomach. They operated immediately and found the mass to be a malignant tumor.

The lawsuit alleges that the urologist should have seen the mass in all the abdominal scans he did before and after removing the mass on her kidney. He then should have advised her of her true condition so that she could seek treatment before the tumor spread. Because he did not, the cancerous tumor grew, and she had to undergo further extensive and expensive medical treatment.

While everyone makes mistakes, doctors should be especially careful when diagnosing their patients. Whether for a routine illness or a life-or-death emergency, negligence is never acceptable. Pennsylvania residents who feel they have been the victim of medical malpractice should explore their options on seeking reparation for medical costs, legal costs, lost wages and other types of losses.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, Academic Urology, physician sued for failure to detect malignant tumor in patient's abdomen, Jon Campisi, Feb. 5, 2014

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