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A man sought medical advice from a gastroenterologist for severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. He was misdiagnosed with Crohnís disease and medicated accordingly. A year later, the gastroenterologist requested a partial colectomy and then continued with medication to treat Crohnís disease. Three years later, another doctor correctly diagnosed ulcerative colitis and recommended a total colectomy. After this diagnosis, the manís condition greatly improved and he sued the initial doctor for malpractice in misdiagnosing his condition. The jury awarded the man $2.66 million which was reduced to $667,300 on appeal.
About: Misdiagnosis appeal reduces 2,66 million to 675,000
Date: September 2004
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