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A man died 3 years after he had a chest x-ray because his cancer went undiagnosed. At the time, some abnormality was noted, but the man had already been discharged by the time the results reached the ward. No follow-up was done until about two years later he was diagnosed with cancer following a hospital admission for chest pain. The tumor was inoperable and he died within a year. The ACC ruled that the doctor in charge of the x-ray breached standard of care by not making sure the results were passed on to the relevant health provider. The hospital system was also blamed for its tardy processing systems and inadequate policies for transferring information. The medical mistake means that the man's wife will receive help with childcare costs for 3 of her five children. This is one of several recent deaths caused by x-ray result delays or problems.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Stuff
About: Lack of follow-up on x-ray result leads to man's death from cancer
Date: 4 December 2004
Author: Nikki McDonald, Anne-Marie Johnsondel
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