The Department of the Air Force recently settled a malpractice lawsuit with a woman whose burst appendix was origianly diagnosed as a sexually transmitted disease.
Michelle Reed went to the Peterson Air Force Base medical clinic on September 15, 2003 complaining of abdominal pain. It wasn’t until six days later that it was determined her appendix was the problem. By the time she had surgery, the rupture had so severly damaged her right fallopian tube and ovary were so severely damaged that doctors have advised her not to get pregnant. She spent almost a month in the hospital. Between the time of her initial visit and the eventual surgery, Reed was diagnosed and treated for PID, a disease caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia. Upon her discharge from the hospital after her surgery, she was informed tests for those diseases were negative.
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