Medical Verdicts

Uterus, rectum perforated during dilatation and curettage


District of Columbia Superior Court

An 81-year-old woman presented to her Ob/Gyn for dilatation and curettage (D&C). During the procedure, the patient’s uterus and rectum were perforated, requiring an emergency laparotomy repair.

In suing, the woman claimed that she was not informed of the possible risks of the procedure.

The physician contended that uterine perforation is a known risk of D&C. Further, the physician argued that the woman’s retroverted uterus, diverticular disease, advanced age, and adhesions between the rectum and uterus all contributed to the perforation.

  • The case settled for $350,000.
The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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