Physician, Nurse Practitioner Did Not Inform Patient of Worsening Thyroid Condition

November 29, 2023 | Strategic Insights for Health System

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A Pennsylvania jury returned a verdict of more than $1.4 million against a primary care physician and nurse practitioner for failing to diagnose and treat a patient's hyperthyroidism, ultimately resulting in the patient's death, according to an article in the September 2023 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

The 30-year-old patient went to his primary care office for an asthma checkup and was seen by both a physician and a nurse practitioner. During the visit, they noticed a swollen spot on the patient's neck. The nurse practitioner prescribed thyroid medication and ordered blood tests; at a return visit four days later, the patient was told he had hyperthyroidism and instructed to continue the medication. Over the next several months, two additional visits occurred and additional tests were...

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