Misdiagnosis caused a woman to undergo surgery, where
part of her jaw was cut away after a mix-up occurred at the laboratory where
she gave the samples for testing.
The University of Otago Dental Hospital has offered an
apology to the lady for the misdiagnosis.
Wilson had taken an oral biopsy sample of his 63-year-old patient after she
suffered from facial swelling and sinus infections following a tooth implant in
the previous year. The sample was sent to Medlab Dental to test for cancer.
When the results turned positive, the woman underwent a
hemimaxillectomy to remove the right side of her upper jaw.
After undergoing the ordeal of the surgery, the
woman was informed that the tissue taken during the surgery did not show any sign
of cancer and that her initial specimens had got mixed up with that of another
patient. This had occurred after the pathologist had dropped her test pot accidentally.
The Health and Disability Commission have taken up