Misdiagnosis - Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Sean M. Cleary

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The urologist examined a patient complaining of blood in his urine and decided to perform a cystoscopy to examine the interior of their bladder and ureter. The medical professional found a tumor in the bladder, burned it, but failed to obtain muscle in the biopsies. Two years later, after observing a large bladder tumor during another cystoscopy, the urologist finally took a biopsy specimen that contained muscle. This biopsy revealed that the patient’s bladder cancer had in fact invaded the muscle wall and metastasized. As a result, the patient had to have his bladder removed. Tragically, by the time he filed a claim with our law firm, it was found that his cancer had spread through the bladder into his lymph nodes, metastasized into bone cancer, and eventually caused the patient’s death.

A teenage boy entering puberty saw his pediatrician for excessive thirst, insomnia, headache, vomiting, throat and abdominal pain, the retarded maturity of his genitals, and excessive weight gain without the corresponding growth in height. The pediatrician failed to perform a fasting blood sugar test, made no referral, and ignored clearly abnormal levels of sodium, chloride, cholesterol, and LDH. After several frustrating visits to the pediatrician, the teen’s mother self-referred to a pediatric gastroenterologist who ruled out gastric causes and initiated testing that confirmed brain cancer. Radiotherapy made the tumor disappeared but left the teen with retarded growth, male breasts, and dependent on growth hormones for life.

A 34-year-old woman complained to her obstetrician of two left breast lumps and left underarm pain. After examining her left breast and confirming that the lumps were indeed present, the medical professional concluded she was too young to have breast cancer. The obstetrician examined her on different occasions over the next four months, noting the history of the left breast lumps and pain, but negligently failed to order diagnostic tests to exclude the possibility of breast cancer.

One and a half years later, the patient contacted her family physician about her lumps and he immediately referred her to a different obstetrician. For the next four months, the patient underwent chemotherapy and eventually underwent a double radical mastectomy with node dissection, which confirmed the presence of breast cancer in multiple locations, as well as metastasis to the lymph nodes. Unfortunately, the cancer was stage 4 when it was diagnosed and will probably recur.

A 78-year-old diabetic woman was misdiagnosed with ovarian cancer and treated with chemotherapy, followed by a radical hysterectomy and adjuvant radiotherapy. During laparotomy, after chemotherapy, the misdiagnosis was discovered because she had a pelvic mass in the upper part of the cervix which was embedded in the bladder. It appeared to be cervical cancer and a frozen section evaluation confirmed that. Therefore, she underwent a radical hysterectomy and she received several courses of radiotherapy after surgery.

Because he failed to follow up on his own observations, a medical professional diagnosed liver cancer, which was very advanced, in a patient later than he should have. The patient had several visits in 2007 when the malignancy was first spotted, and in 2011, following which he underwent several CT scans before receiving the diagnosis. The oncologist wrote that he intended to order another scan in a year, but failed to do so, despite frequent return visits by the patient over the course of the following 3 years. In 2011, the patient underwent a CT scan at another facility while being seen for a different medical condition, at which time, the liver tumor had grown enormously and was then diagnosed as advanced-stage liver cancer. The patient died from liver cancer a year after the diagnosis.

A 50-year-old woman found a golf-ball-sized lump on her torso. She contacted her family doctor, went to see him the next day, and he sent her to a surgeon who removed it that afternoon. Two weeks later, the surgeon called her with her lab test results and told her she had a very rare cancer, namely lymphoma. The oncologist was very discouraging, he sent her for blood work and a CT scan, both of which came back negative for any abnormalities.

However, he insisted that those were symptoms of lymphoma and that she needed to think about chemotherapy. She made an appointment with another oncologist, learned that lymphoma had fewer than 100 cases reported in the previous decade, and was told that even if she did have the disease, it would be better treated with radiation therapy than chemotherapy. After more tests, she was given the confirmation that she actually had no cancer. The corrected diagnosis was inflammation of fat cells.

A 60-year-old man was experiencing a history of urinary difficulties. To rule out prostate cancer, the urologist performed a biopsy of the prostate gland and submitted the pathology materials to a medical corporation. A pathologist, employed by the medical corporation, examined the prostate tissue and prepared a pathology report denying the presence of cancer cells. Approximately 2 years later, the medical corporation became suspicious of the pathologist’s prostate slide results and had the slides re-read.

It was not until 2 years later that the medical corporation advised the urologist that the prostate tissue biopsied two years earlier had been misread and misdiagnosed by their pathologist. Following this notice, the patient’s prostate was again biopsied. Prostate cancer was confirmed and had progressed during the two-year delay caused by the misdiagnosis. After that, the patient underwent radical excision of his prostate gland, causing a dramatic change in his lifestyle and marriage.

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