Ulcer Misdiagnosed as Crohn’s Disease Prompts $28M Award
December 11, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
A Maryland jury awarded $28 million to a patient whose peptic ulcer was allegedly misdiagnosed as an aggravation of symptoms of Crohn's disease the patient had been treated for in the past, states a report (login required) from the December 2015 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements, and Experts. When the 47-year-old patient sought treatment for persistent abdominal pain, he was allegedly misdiagnosed as having aggravated symptoms of Crohn's disease. The patient had a history of Crohn's disease but had not experienced symptoms of the condition in more than 12 years before this clinical visit. As part of his treatment for the allegedly misdiagnosed peptic ulcer, the patient underwent 12 surgeries with complications and was hospitalized for almost two years.