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    Claim of unnecessary hysterectomy


    An Alabama woman went for an annual pelvic exam and underwent a Pap test. It showed a high-grade squamous intraepithelial neoplasia and the gynecologist could not rule out cancer. The patient then had a colposcopy, which revealed high-grade dysplasia with negative endocervical currettings. Each was identified as a form of pre-cancer.

    A month after the initial findings the patient underwent a laprascopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy.

    The woman sued the gynecologist and claimed she was told that she had cancer and that she made her judgment to have a hysterectomy based on the cancer diagnosis. She alleged that the hysterectomy was an invasive procedure that was not necessary given the negative pathology reports.

    The physician contended that the hysterectomy was the best option for the patient due to many other risk factors, including her age and medical history. The defense argued no wrongdoing and stated that the hysterectomy was a necessary and appropriate option for the patient’s continued health.

    The verdict: The jury found in favor of the defense.

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