October 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County officials have agreed to pay $198,000 to a woman who underwent a double mastectomy and later discovered that she did not have breast cancer.
The Board of Supervisors approved the settlement Tuesday.
The unidentified woman had her breasts surgically removed at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after an outside pathologist determined the cells obtained from a biopsy were cancerous. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, the hospital's pathologists examined tissue obtained during the procedure and concluded she did not have breast cancer.
The woman sued the hospital, claiming it should not have relied on outside pathologists. The hospital has revised its policies to ensure that in-house pathologists review biopsy specimens.
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