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Failure to diagnose BrCa on mammogram.

WITH LEFT BREAST TENDERNESS and a family history of breast cancer, a woman went for a mammogram in January 2000. Radiologist A's report was negative for breast cancer. The patient returned for follow-up screening in May 2001 and June 2003, read by Radiologist A as normal, and July 2004, read by Radiologist B as benign. In February 2005, the patient found a mass in her left breast. Diagnostic mammography and ultrasonography (US) identified a 4.7-cm mass in the left breast. Core biopsy found grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma with angiolymphatic invasion. She underwent aggressive chemotherapy and bilateral mastectomy.

PATIENT'S CLAIM Both radiologists were negligent in failing to diagnose breast cancer.

PHYSICIANS' DEFENSE Evaluation of the mammograms was appropriate.

VERDICT The first radiologist was absolved of liability. A $30,000 Florida verdict was returned against the second radiologist.

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Title Annotation:Medical Verdicts: NOTABLE JUDGMENTS and SETTLEMENTS
Publication:OBG Management
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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