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A woman went to her doctor complaining of weakness, tiredness, fever, shortness of breath and diarrhea. The doctor diagnosed her with influenza. The doctor treated her as such and ordered more tests as well as recommending the patient revisit him within a week. The patient did not follow up with her recommended check up. As her condition deteriorated, the doctor was called and he recommended she go to the hospital where she was diagnosied with pneumococcal pneumonia. The patientís condition continued to deteriorate and she died of cardiac arrest. The patientís daughter sued over the fact that she believed his tests should have indicated pneumonia. The doctor retaliated that his tests showed no indication of pneumonia which had developed as a secondary condition to the flu he had initially diagnosed. The jury ruled in front of the doctor.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Virginia Medical Law Report
About: Doctor wins in misdiagnosis causing wrongful death case
Date: September 2004
Source: Virginia Medical Law Report
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