Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Legal Briefs

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A 10-year-old boy was brought to an Illinois hospital because of groin pain.1 An ultrasound was performed. It was noted that his left testicle was undescended and remained in the inguinal canal. However, it was determined incorrectly that there was sufficient blood flow to this testicle in the inguinal canal. Two days later, the boy presented to a different hospital, where testicular torsion was correctly identified. The testicle could not be salvaged and surgical removal was required.
The boy and his family sued the emergency physicians who failed to diagnose testicular torsion at the initial visit.
The case was settled for US $400,000.
Lake County, IL 19th Judicial Circuit Court, Case No. unknown.
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