Medical Verdicts

Wrong ovary removed during hysterectomy


Utah County (Utah) Fourth District Court

A 31-year-old woman had a diseased right ovary that caused severe dysplasia, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, and right side pelvic pain. She underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy with right salpingo-oophorectomy. In his postoperative report the physician admitted to removing the wrong ovary; an ultrasound revealed that the diseased ovary remained. Another physician surgically removed the ovary, which contained a benign hemorrhagic cyst and prominent fibrous adhesions.

  • A confidential settlement was reached.
The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn ( 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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