Incomplete Communication of Lab Results Leads to $1.5M Settlement

November 1, 2023 | Strategic Insights for Health System

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A case in which a patient was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer after a gastroenterologist did not inform the patient of abnormal lab results settled for $1.5 million, according to the September 2023 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

A patient with a clinical history of ulcerative colitis and a family history of colon cancer received regular colonoscopies in 2013 and 2014 with documentation of pseudopolyps. In 2016, a coloscopy yielded eight samples which were sent for biopsy. The results noted that seven out of eight were benign; the last was "indefinite for dysplasia." The gastroenterologist communicated to the patient in writing that...

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