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Obgyn Misdiagnosis?

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Obgyn Misdiagnosis?

Postby Reginald » Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:15 am

My wife had severe abdominal pain about 3 weeks ago and went immediately to the emergency room. After a CT Scan and basic pelvic exam a general physician on duty that evening diagnosed her condition as appendicitis.(My wife is 30 years old and had 3 children via C section. Our latest child is only 3 months old. All babies were over 9 pounds in weight.) At the time of the diagnosis a gynecologist was not sent to examine my wife nor was an ultrasound/sonogram completed. She was admitted for surgery the next day and sent home with antibiotic after they found a minor infection in her pelvic area while doing the surgery. About 3 weeks later my wife had the same exact symptoms as in weeks prior. Again, she went to the emergency room. This time a gynecologist took a closer look at her CT Scan and an ultrasound and found that she had a major abscess on one of her ovaries...she was admitted to the hospital and treated with 3 different types of antibiotics. The condition was tubo ovarian abscess. The antibiotics did not work after 7 days of treatment and it was decided she needed surgery to remove her ovary and a fallopian tube. My opinion is that the appendix surgery was unnecessary provided the initial CT Scan did not show any inflammation or disorder to the appendix and just slight inflammation when they did the laparoscopy. She must have had the infection(PID?) at the time of the appendicitis and it was overlooked, which amounted to her removing an ovary and tube. Given her age and fact that she had three children via C Section, would it not have been critical to have a gynecologist do a closer check the first time she was admitted prior to the appendix surgery? Could that have prevented the second surgery? I can not explain the stress our family has endured over the past few weeks. Please advise on a potential case with both the hospital and gynecologist. Thank you in advance.
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Obgyn Misdiagnosis?

Postby ealahweemah72 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:17 pm

Granted, the first surgery apparently was unnecessary and was the result of a poor work-up and misdiagnosis.  However, it also appears that the salpingo-oophorectomy(removal of tube and ovary-see, I have some background in this stuff)was necessary in any event. So, the damage for the misdiagnosis was the unnecessary appendectomy. That simply is not big enough in terms of damages to interest a lawyer in taking the malpractice case. The defense would be that the diagnosis of appendicitis was a reasonable judgment call.  There were probably some other symptoms that pointed to it but by all means, they should have considered PID especially since she had the recent c-section, which was probably the source of the infection. So, I am fairly certain that no attorney wants the case and therefore, just be happy with your new baby and a recovering wife.
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Obgyn Misdiagnosis?

Postby Carrington » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:24 pm

My wife had severe abdominal pain about 3 weeks ago and went immediately to the emergency room. After a CT Scan and basic pelvic exam a general physician on duty that evening diagnosed her condition as appendicitis.(My wife is 30 years old and had 3 children via C section. Our latest child is only 3 months old. All babies were over 9 pounds in weight.) At the time of the diagnosis a gynecologist was not sent to examine my wife nor was an ultrasound/sonogram completed. She was admitted for surgery the next day and sent home with antibiotic after they found a minor infection in her pelvic area while doing the surgery. About 3 weeks later my wife had the same exact symptoms as in weeks prior. Again, she went to the emergency room. This time a gynecologist took a closer look at her CT Scan and an ultrasound and found that she had a major abscess on one of her ovaries...she was admitted to the hospital and treated with 3 different types of antibiotics. The condition was tubo ovarian abscess. The antibiotics did not work after 7 days of treatment and it was decided she needed surgery to remove her ovary and a fallopian tube. My opinion is that the appendix surgery was unnecessary provided the initial CT Scan did not show any inflammation or disorder to the appendix and just slight inflammation when they did the laparoscopy. She must have had the infection(PID?) at the time of the appendicitis and it was overlooked, which amounted to her removing an ovary and tube. Given her age and fact that she had three children via C Section, would it not have been critical to have a gynecologist do a closer check the first time she was admitted prior to the appendix surgery? Could that have prevented the second surgery? I can not explain the stress our family has endured over the past few weeks. Please advise on a potential case with both the hospital and gynecologist. Thank you in advance.
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