Causes of breast cancer malpractice litigation. A 20-year civil court review.

@article{Kern1992CausesOB,
  title={Causes of breast cancer malpractice litigation. A 20-year civil court review.},
  author={Kenneth A. Kern},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  year={1992},
  volume={127 5},
  pages={542-6; discussion 546-7}
}
To determine objectively the patient and physician factors that lead to breast cancer malpractice litigation, a review was undertaken of all cases tried in the US federal and state civil court system over a 20-year period from 1971 through 1990. Forty-five cases were identified and all involved a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer (the mean delay was 15 months). The patients were young (mean age, 40 years). Of 45 cases studied, the majority of patients (37 [82%]) found a painless mass by self… CONTINUE READING