Failure to Order Diagnostic Testing Leads to Delay in Diagnosis of Tumor, $2.6M Verdict

April 29, 2019 | Physician Practice News

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What's the news. A New York jury returned a $2.6 million verdict in a malpractice lawsuit alleging that a family physician failed to conduct a proper workup and instead "prematurely" diagnosed a psychological condition in a 13-year-old patient who was ultimately diagnosed with a tumor that severely damaged his pituitary gland. The patient presented with excessive thirst and urination, as well as unexplained mood swings. After examining the patient, the defendant ordered testing to rule out diabetes mellitus.

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