Incorrect diagnosis of pancreatic cancer – £38,000

Mr White started to suffer from severe acid indigestion and became jaundiced. A urine sample revealed his liver function to be very abnormal and his GP referred him to hospital for blood tests.

He underwent various tests in hospital including an ultrasound scan, MRI scan, CT scan and endoscopy. At the time of the endoscopy a stent was inserted in his liver to drain fluid. After a further MRI scan, he was informed that he had what looked like gallstones or possibly polyps which were easily dealt with. He was discharged home that day.

A couple of months later, Mr White attended an appointment with a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon who informed him that test results had showed that he had a tumour in the pancreas and if he did not undergo surgery he would have approximately six months to live. Mr White was admitted to hospital and underwent the procedure following which he had a stormy recovery.

Histological examination following this procedure revealed no evidence of any cancer. Mr White was informed that he had had an inflamed gall bladder which could have been removed laparoscopically.

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