Missed Diagnosis of Testicular Torsion Prompts $351,000 Award
April 15, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
An Illinois jury has awarded $351,000 to an adolescent patient who claimed that his physician failed to prevent and diagnose testicular torsion, according to a report (login required) from the March 2016 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. The 14-year-old patient presented to an emergency department (ED) complaining of lower left abdominal pain and was examined and treated by the defendant pediatric ED physician. The plaintiff alleged that the physician negligently failed to perform a testicular exam to rule out testicular torsion, failed to diagnose left-sided torsion, and failed to perform surgery to prevent right-sided torsion. The patient developed right-sided testicular torsion the next year and underwent surgery at a different facility, where atrophy of the left testicle was discovered.