Washington Hospital, located about 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, now finds itself in the center of a medical malpractice lawsuit. A former female patient claims a pathologist at the facility misread pap smears and other tests for close to five straight years before she finally was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
A woman was awarded $964,487 from her medical providers after a purported unnecessary mastectomy was performed upon her. This all came about due to tissue from a biopsy likely being misdiagnosed.
A problem with a misdiagnosis is that it can ultimately lead to a number of unnecessary medical procedures. It has recently been found that screenings for ovarian cancer often lead to what are called false-positives - leading doctors to believe a patient has ovarian cancer when they do not.
Pennsylvanians suffering from unrelenting symptoms may want to seek additional medical advice to ensure their symptoms are not misdiagnosed. In particular, younger patients should be aware of the dangers of misdiagnosed cancer. Doctors often only expect to find certain cancers, like colorectal cancer, in patients over 50.