Gynaecology / Hysteroscopy

Failure to diagnose

Failure to diagnose following hysteroscopy

Success story

Claire underwent outpatient hysteroscopy in 2006 for investigation of recurrent miscarriage. She presented seven weeks later with persistent vaginal discharge, and was found to be 16 weeks pregnant with ruptured membranes. Claire alleged that it was negligent to perform the hysteroscopy without first conducting a pregnancy test. PMS Expert Report concluded that although it was negligent not to perform a pregnancy test first, this made no difference to the outcome of the pregnancy. The fetus had a lethal cardiac abnormality and would not have survived. The case was dismissed.

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