Medical malpractice and sinonasal disease

Daniel D. Lydiatt, Ryan K. Sewell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

30 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Objective: Sinonasal disease is a common diagnosis that is encountered by nearly all specialties. This study examines medical malpractice trends in sinonasal disease. Methods: One hundred fifty-two malpractice cases involving sinonasal disease between 1988 and 2005 were obtained from a computerized legal database. Results: Defendants prevailed in 62 percent of the cases with a median monetary award of $650,000. Younger patients prevailed at a higher rate than did older patients (50% vs 35%), and men had a higher median award than did women ($1.0 million vs $314,000). These results approached but did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.09, P = 0.06). Otolaryngologists were the most commonly sued specialty (56%). The most common complications of endoscopic sinus surgery included cerebrospinal fluid leak, orbital trauma, and anosmia. Cancer plaintiffs received the highest median award of $1.5 million. Conclusions: Physicians must be diligent in forming differential diagnoses, and surgeons must ensure informed consent is obtained and documented. Future studies should continue to identify risk management strategies and areas for malpractice reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-681
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume139
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

Fingerprint

Malpractice
Olfaction Disorders
Risk Management
Informed Consent
Differential Diagnosis
Databases
Physicians
Wounds and Injuries
Neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

Cite this

Medical malpractice and sinonasal disease. / Lydiatt, Daniel D.; Sewell, Ryan K.

In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 139, No. 5, 01.11.2008, p. 677-681.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lydiatt, Daniel D. ; Sewell, Ryan K. / Medical malpractice and sinonasal disease. In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2008 ; Vol. 139, No. 5. pp. 677-681.
@article{9b22a8c292534c26ab8cf8fd153986e9,
title = "Medical malpractice and sinonasal disease",
abstract = "Objective: Sinonasal disease is a common diagnosis that is encountered by nearly all specialties. This study examines medical malpractice trends in sinonasal disease. Methods: One hundred fifty-two malpractice cases involving sinonasal disease between 1988 and 2005 were obtained from a computerized legal database. Results: Defendants prevailed in 62 percent of the cases with a median monetary award of $650,000. Younger patients prevailed at a higher rate than did older patients (50{\%} vs 35{\%}), and men had a higher median award than did women ($1.0 million vs $314,000). These results approached but did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.09, P = 0.06). Otolaryngologists were the most commonly sued specialty (56{\%}). The most common complications of endoscopic sinus surgery included cerebrospinal fluid leak, orbital trauma, and anosmia. Cancer plaintiffs received the highest median award of $1.5 million. Conclusions: Physicians must be diligent in forming differential diagnoses, and surgeons must ensure informed consent is obtained and documented. Future studies should continue to identify risk management strategies and areas for malpractice reform.",
author = "Lydiatt, {Daniel D.} and Sewell, {Ryan K.}",
year = "2008",
month = "11",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.otohns.2008.06.027",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "139",
pages = "677--681",
journal = "Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)",
issn = "0194-5998",
publisher = "Mosby Inc.",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Medical malpractice and sinonasal disease

AU - Lydiatt, Daniel D.

AU - Sewell, Ryan K.

PY - 2008/11/1

Y1 - 2008/11/1

N2 - Objective: Sinonasal disease is a common diagnosis that is encountered by nearly all specialties. This study examines medical malpractice trends in sinonasal disease. Methods: One hundred fifty-two malpractice cases involving sinonasal disease between 1988 and 2005 were obtained from a computerized legal database. Results: Defendants prevailed in 62 percent of the cases with a median monetary award of $650,000. Younger patients prevailed at a higher rate than did older patients (50% vs 35%), and men had a higher median award than did women ($1.0 million vs $314,000). These results approached but did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.09, P = 0.06). Otolaryngologists were the most commonly sued specialty (56%). The most common complications of endoscopic sinus surgery included cerebrospinal fluid leak, orbital trauma, and anosmia. Cancer plaintiffs received the highest median award of $1.5 million. Conclusions: Physicians must be diligent in forming differential diagnoses, and surgeons must ensure informed consent is obtained and documented. Future studies should continue to identify risk management strategies and areas for malpractice reform.

AB - Objective: Sinonasal disease is a common diagnosis that is encountered by nearly all specialties. This study examines medical malpractice trends in sinonasal disease. Methods: One hundred fifty-two malpractice cases involving sinonasal disease between 1988 and 2005 were obtained from a computerized legal database. Results: Defendants prevailed in 62 percent of the cases with a median monetary award of $650,000. Younger patients prevailed at a higher rate than did older patients (50% vs 35%), and men had a higher median award than did women ($1.0 million vs $314,000). These results approached but did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.09, P = 0.06). Otolaryngologists were the most commonly sued specialty (56%). The most common complications of endoscopic sinus surgery included cerebrospinal fluid leak, orbital trauma, and anosmia. Cancer plaintiffs received the highest median award of $1.5 million. Conclusions: Physicians must be diligent in forming differential diagnoses, and surgeons must ensure informed consent is obtained and documented. Future studies should continue to identify risk management strategies and areas for malpractice reform.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=54549121469&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=54549121469&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.otohns.2008.06.027

DO - 10.1016/j.otohns.2008.06.027

M3 - Article

C2 - 18984263

AN - SCOPUS:54549121469

VL - 139

SP - 677

EP - 681

JO - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)

JF - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)

SN - 0194-5998

IS - 5

ER -