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    Transplanted kidney found to be cancerous; patient sues

    Urologist alleges patient was extremely ill, needed urgent transplant

     

    Delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer

    A 66-year-old Virginia man underwent a bladder scan without contrast at a federal facility after he noticed hematuria. Bladder diverticulum was revealed, ultrasound examination was performed, and he was scheduled for a urology consult. The urologist ordered urinalysis and urine cytology testing, which were not done.

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    A month later, a cystoscopy was done and noted the presence of a stone as well as prostatic hyperplasia. The hematuria continued over the next several months. The patient also developed pain on urination and the urologist prescribed medication. The pain spread to his testicle and groin, and he was referred to a psychologist for counseling.

    The patient then consulted a private urologist, who performed a cystoscopy. Additional testing led to a diagnosis of Stage III bladder cancer. A month later, a radical cystectomy was performed, followed by several other operations. The cancer has not recurred.

    The man sued the original urologist seen through the federal facility, and claimed that he failed to timely diagnose the bladder cancer and failed to perform a proper workup. His theory was the tumor was misdiagnosed as a stone.

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    The court found in favor of the patient and awarded $500,000 for pain and suffering.

    Next: Claim of failure to diagnose kidney cancer

    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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