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Surgeon Removed Half of Patient’s Pancreas Instead of Malignant Tumor on Adrenal Gland

A Texas medical malpractice lawsuit alleges an oncology surgeon removed half of a patient’s pancreas rather than a malignant tumor on the left adrenal gland.

A Dallas, Texas woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against an oncology surgeon for wrong-site surgery. Half of her pancreas was removed instead of a tumor on her left adrenal gland.

The woman was diagnosed in 2016 with neuroendocrine carcinoma and had malignant tumors on her left and right adrenal glands. Surgery was slated to remove the left adrenal gland and tumor. Her operation was done using the da Vinci Robotic System and her family was told the operation had successfully removed the tumor.

The recovering patient later found out the malignant tumor had not been removed but 40 percent of her cancer-free pancreas had been extracted instead. Due to the wrong site surgery, and serious injury to her pancreas, the woman was not able to have the operation to remove the tumor for several months later. A health care worker for 26-years, she is now unable to work.

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