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Possible cover up after organ removal, misdiagnosis

New Mexico residents might like to know about a misdiagnosis lawsuit that resulted after a woman had parts of her organs removed. A 46-year-old woman in Kansas filed a suit against the University of Kansas Hospital for negligence, fraud and civil conspiracy.

The suit involves the hospital and former chairwoman of the pathology department, and it alleges that doctors unnecessarily removed parts of the woman's organs because of a misdiagnosis. The incorrect diagnosis was then covered up, and the woman learned about the alleged conspiracy when a hospital physician filed a whistleblower lawsuit.

The woman was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. As this tumor becomes fatal in a relatively short time, surgery was performed in September 2015 to remove part of the pancreas and other parts. The hospital's pathology department examined tissue samples after the surgery and found that the organ was not cancerous. The suit alleges that the former leader of the pathology department tried to hide this mistake.

A physician filed a lawsuit claiming that the hospital retaliated against him because of this incident after he talked about it to the commission that certifies hospitals. He dropped his suit, but this brought the matter to the woman's attention. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigated the physician's claims and said deficient practices put patients at risk. The hospital denies wrongdoing.

Hospital negligence could cause many problems in cases similar to this. If a physician or staff member does not inform a patient of a mistake or misdiagnosis, this could lead to medical complications. A patient might not get the treatment he or she needs while being harmed by an unnecessary treatment. Patients who have been adversely affected in such a manner might want to discuss their situations with a medical malpractice attorney.

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