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    Bowel perforation following salpingectomy


    Fistula develops after colon injury during ovarian cyst surgery


    A 55-YEAR-OLD WOMAN underwent ovarian cyst surgery at a New Jersey medical center in 2007. Two days later she underwent another operation to repair a tear in her colon. A fistula then developed between her colon and bladder, necessitating a third surgery. After the third surgery, the woman suffered a cardiac arrest and sustained brain damage due to lack of oxygen. She was resuscitated but remains in a vegetative state.

    A lawsuit was filed on woman’s behalf, claiming that the bowel injury was not recognized and treated in a timely manner and that a temporary colostomy should have been performed that would have avoided the fistula and eliminated the need for the third operation. In addition, she maintained that the antihypertensive given after the third surgery precipitated the cardiac arrest.

    The verdict

    A $2.725 million settlement was reached with two doctors, the medical center, and a nurse.





    Dawn Collins, JD
    MS COLLINS is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, California. She welcomes feedback on this column via ...


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