A Maryland woman received prenatal care from her obstetrician and delivered a child with Down syndrome in 2006. The patient sued her doctor, claiming that he failed to tell her that the "triple screen" blood test he ordered had revealed a 1-in-37 chance of her child being born with Down syndrome. She claimed that had she been informed of the test results, she would have terminated the pregnancy.
Modern Medicine Cases
A patient presents to a hospital with onset of contraction and spontaneous rupture of the fetal membranes. The rupture revealed clear amniotic fluid. The resident evaluating the patient noted that her cervix was 3 cm dilated and 70% effaced, and the fetus was at -2 station and in vertex position. The patient was placed on oxytocin and was 6 cm to 7 cm dilated within 90 minutes.
A 29-year-old woman from Illinois had a cesarean delivery in 2004. A laparatomy sponge was left behind in her abdomen but was not diagnosed until 7 months later when a surgeon examined her for what was thought to be a stitch abscess.
A 19-year-old patient (gravida 2, para 1) at 12 weeks' gestation had a preterm birth at 23 weeks in her last pregnancy. Delivery was preceded by spontaneous rupture of the membranes and a brief time of irregular contractions. Certain information would assist in determining whether cervical insufficiency was part of her pregnancy outcome.
A 41-year-old Georgia woman underwent a laparascopic hysterectomy, which included removal of some endometrioisis implants.
Ultrasound screening of all pregnant women for signs of a shortened cervix could be a cost-effective means of lowering the rate of pre-term births, even when routinely performed on low-risk women.
An ultrasound for a normal pregnancy reveals a shortened cervix. It's important to understand how to manage this scenario.
During laparoscopic hysterectomy, injury to adjacent organs is a known complication. But the inability to explain the mechanism of surgery and the complications that occur postoperatively often make risks difficult to defend in court.
Gynecologist fails to diagnose bladder cancer for 2 years.
A 67-year-old woman who had surgery for ovary removal experiences ureter injury.