Diagnostic Errors

Malpractice claims alleging diagnostic errors

  • Reporter Q3 2019

    Reporter Q3 2019

    Tracking patient follow up and diagnostic test results (CME); 2018 Risk Management trends analysis; Failure to manage risk of shoulder dystocia; Failure to follow up on syncope; Board Election 2020

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  • Failure to confirm diagnosis of polycythemia vera

    In November 2007, a 40-year-old man was referred to an internal medicine physician by his primary care physician. The patient reported feeling weak and tired.

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  • Delay in diagnosing breast cancer

    A 77-year-old woman with a history of cigarette smoking and COPD came to her family physician reporting a lump in her right breast.

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  • Failure to diagnose anemia

    A 17-month-old girl was brought to Pediatrician A for complete vaccinations on October 20. This visit was documented as “vaccines only.”

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  • Failure to report misplaced central line

    On July 22, a 64-year-old woman came to the emergency department (ED) of a local hospital. The patient had undergone back surgery five days earlier, and she came to the ED for a possible overdose.

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  • Reporter 2019 Pediatrics

    Reporter 2019 Pediatrics

    Failure to diagnose meningitis; Guidelines for the release of medical records

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  • Reporter 2019 Obstetrics

    Reporter 2019 Obstetrics

    Failure to recognize symptoms of ureteral injury; Guidelines for the release of medical records

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  • Reporter Q1 2019

    Reporter Q1 2019

    Evaluating & treating the suicidal patient (CME); Dr. Melinda Lopez: On the front lines with human trafficking; Failure to properly evaluate depression; Failure to diagnose coronary artery disease

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  • Reporter 2018 Dermatology

    Reporter 2018 Dermatology

    Failure to diagnose melanoma in a timely manner; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs

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  • Reporter 2018 Radiology

    Reporter 2018 Radiology

    Failure to diagnose epidural abscess; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs

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  • Reporter 2018 General Surgery

    Reporter 2018 General Surgery

    Unnecessary surgery, Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs

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  • Reporter 2018 Pediatrics

    Reporter 2018 Pediatrics

    Failure to diagnose anemia; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs

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  • Failure to monitor thiamine levels

    Failure to monitor thiamine levels

    A 50-year-old woman consulted with a bariatric surgeon for weight reduction surgery. The patient was 5’ 4” and weighed 265 pounds.

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  • Failure to diagnose cornual pregnancy

    Failure to diagnose cornual pregnancy

    A 33-year-old woman came to the emergency department (ED) complaining of bilateral abdominal pain, back pain, and shortness of breath.

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  • Failure to diagnose retained sponge

    A 55-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in New Mexico for a colostomy reversal.

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  • Failure to diagnose tuberculosis

    A two-year-old boy with a five-day history of intermittent fever and stomachache was brought to his pediatrician. The child was diagnosed with a viral syndrome and treated with simethicone drops

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  • Delay in detecting melanoma

    A 58-year-old man came to his family physician for evaluation of a lesion on his back. The man was a long-time patient of this physician.

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  • Failure to follow up on mammogram

    Failure to follow up on mammogram

    A 54-year-old woman returned to her primary care physician, Family Physician A. The patient reported pain in her left arm, chest, and back that had continued for a week.

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  • Failure to diagnose rhabdomyolysis

    At 3:20 p.m., a 3-year-old girl was brought to the emergency department (ED) with complaints of fever, lethargy, sore throat, severe leg pain bilaterally with decreased sensation, and absent reflexes.

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  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis

    A 6-year-old boy, accompanied by his mother, came to Pediatrician A for a sick visit on October 21. The child had a five-day history of fussiness, sore throat, coughing, vomiting, stomach pain.

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