This medical malpractice case began when a man in his mid-seventies reported pain in his abdomen, nausea and vomiting after undergoing a colonoscopy. The following day, he saw his gastroenterologist and was referred to his local hospital for a CT scan of the abdomen. The plaintiff had the ordered CT scan.
The scan was read and reported by a relatively inexperienced radiologist. The radiologist observed an abnormality in the upper quadrant of the man’s abdomen but did not include in his report a note about the location of the appendix and cecum. He indicated later that he had a concern about appendicitis but did not report this in his note either. He did not communicate his concern about appendicitis to the gastroenterologist by phone. [Read more…]