Via: PlexusMD MedicoLegal Desk
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The patient was diagnosed with gall stones and underwent cholecystectomy. The patient was discharged after 3 weeks. The patient developed extra hepatic obstruction to the bile flow, which subsequently developed into obstructive jaundice. The patient approached another hospital where an end-to-side jejuno-jejunostomy was performed.
Allegation of medical negligence -
It was alleged that the consent was obtained from the patient and her husband on the dotted line on a blank form and that instead of laparoscopic surgery, as promised, the surgeon performed open cholecystectomy without explaining the consequences.
Click to know more about the doctor's defense and the court's verdict - http://mlcd.in/article.asp?issn=0974-1232;year=2016;volume=9;issue=9;spage=149;epage=150;aulast=