Saturday, November 24, 2007

Pennsylvania Jury Awards $3 Million for Sinus Infection Misdiagnosis

In today's Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Jury awards $3 million in malpractice suit for sinuses treated with steroids, not antibiotic...The case involved a woman who visited her family doctor's office, reporting having headaches and nasal discharge — "symptoms consistent with a sinus infection," according to the report.
"But the physician's assistant who saw her failed to make that diagnosis or to prescribe antibiotics. Instead, according to [the patient's] attorney, his client received a prescription for steroids, was told to undergo additional testing and return in a week.

But just five days later, she developed stroke-like symptoms, including facial drooping and disorientation, said one of her attorneys, Stephen Del Sole."
See article online.

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