Patient alleges wrong appendicitis report resulted in unnecessary laparotomy: Consumer forum absolves radiologists
Delhi: Upholding the judgment of the state commission, the National Consumer Disputer Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has recently dismissed a plea wherein the patient alleged that laparotomy had been performed unnecessarily on him after the radiologists gave faulty reports suggesting the patient suffering from appendicitis.The apex commission found the allegations unsustainable and...
Delhi: Upholding the judgment of the state commission, the National Consumer Disputer Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has recently dismissed a plea wherein the patient alleged that laparotomy had been performed unnecessarily on him after the radiologists gave faulty reports suggesting the patient suffering from appendicitis.
The apex commission found the allegations unsustainable and stated that the abdomen is a " Pandora's box ", hence many times the appendicular pain gives symptoms of appendicitis pain. The commission observed that the operation was necessary to assure proper treatment for the patient.
The appendix was friable, the loops of intestine were inflamed, Caseous and gangrenous Omental tissue; thus, emergency operation was needed. In our considered view the operation was necessary to save the life of the patient. Thus, the allegation of the Complainant that the operation was unnecessarily performed is not sustainable.
Hence in the case of both the Radiologists who reported it as Appendicitis;" it was to be correlated clinically. Thus the treating surgeon's clinical assessment with relevant laboratory investigations should be given more credence. The Doctor will choose line of treatment and in the instant case the Surgeon performed exploratory laparotomy (operation) and found inflamed organs as a cause for pain and treated thereafter. In our view, the act of Surgeon was as per standard of practice", observed the commission.
Within the meaning and scope of section 21(b), we find no grave error in appreciating the evidence by the two fora below. And, on the face of it, we find no jurisdictional error, or a legal principle ignored, or miscarriage of justice. The Revision Petition, being without any merit, is dismissed. There shall be no Order as to costs.
Sanchari Chattopadhyay has pursued her M.A in English and Culture Studies from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal. She likes observing cultural specificities and exploring new places.