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Doctor Sues 5 Radiologists Over Brain Tumor

November 30, 2012
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A neurology resident in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is suing five radiologists, saying they failed to detect the growth of a tumor in his brain.

The Winnipeg Free Press reported the lawsuit this week. Wajid Sayeed, MD, 28, says in the suit that he now has neurological and cognitive defects and a decreased life expectancy. He blames the radiologists and wants financial compensation from them.

The lawsuit says events unfolded this way: Dr. Sayeed, from London, Ontario, was diagnosed in 2008 with a brain tumor that was removed in January 2009. Follow-up treatment included a brain MRI every three or four months.

After the tumor surgery, Dr. Sayeed received his degree from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario in London. He moved to Winnipeg in June 2010 to begin his residency in neurology.

Dr. Sayeed received seven MRI brain scans from August 2010 through June 1, 2012. One or more of the five radiologists reviewed each scan. Each time, they found no progression of the tumor or any other reason for concern.

However, in March 2012, Dr. Sayeed began suffering seizures. He reviewed the MRI results himself and consulted other doctors. He contends:

It became apparent … that though each successive MRI demonstrated little progressions of the tumor, when compared with the MRI in August 2010, there was clear progression.

This summer, the tumor was removed. It was malignant.

Dr. Sayeed contends that the radiologists should have noticed the tumor’s growth by April or May 2011. Had they done so, the suit says, treatment would have been far less invasive and brain damage from the tumor’s growth and removal would have been considerably less.

The lawsuit says the five radiologists “are, each of them, negligent in that they compared the then-current MRI to the previous MRI as opposed to reviewing all of the previous MRIs to investigate what if any pattern was developing.”

The radiologists have not yet responded to the suit.

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