Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
Patient presented to Paso Regional Medical Center ER with complaints of abdominal pain x 7 days. He further reported hematuria and vomiting. The patient was worked up for possible appendicitis; however, it is alleged that this was incorrect and that the patient suffered from inflammatory bowel disease
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
Our insured teleradiologist interpreted the CT scan as indicative for appendicitis. The interpretation was read by a second radiologist who concurred with this finding
Diagnostic Code :
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
It was alleged that the patient was worked up and treated, including an appendectomy, for appendicitis when the correct diagnosis was inflammatory bowel disease.
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
It was alleged that the patient was treated for appendicitis when the correct diagnosis was inflammatory bowel disease. Post-operatively the patient showed evidence of infection and ultimately was found unresponsive. The cause of death identified on autopsy was peritonitis secondary to ruptured appendix. The patientÂ¿s death was 6 days after his initial presentation. Our insured had no involvement in the post-op care and was subsequently dismissed.
Severity Of Injury
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report