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Patient's Spleen Removed "by mistake"

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    Patient's Spleen Removed "by mistake"

    https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/compone...8-20190516.htm


    if you can believe it:

    The department said after looking into information provided by the hospital, it found no evidence suggesting the hospital had violated any relevant laws or guidelines regulating the use of its facilities or manpower.
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    Isn’t the spleen very far away from the kidneys. Like as opposite side as you can get


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    Quote Originally Posted by dumbdonkey
    Isn’t the spleen very far away from the kidneys. Like as opposite side as you can get
    No. It is in vicinity to the left kidney. In anatomical terms, we say " its position is superior (in upper part) to the left kidney on the left hypochondriac region of the abdomen". So, it's not "very far away from the left kidney".
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAherbert
    Are they saying that (no evidence of violation) because of the fact that a human can live without a spleen? Haha.
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    Would the patient be liable to some form of compensation at least?

    Or does the Department of Health's ruling prevent that?


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    Look on the bright side, she lost about 150 grams


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    How's this not a violation of anything? They took out the wrong organ.


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    Bound to get $$$ as compensation.

    A spleen is needed for immunity and regular turnover of red blood cells. People who have their spleen removed run higher risks of pneumonia and other infections. This risk is highest shortly after surgery. People without a spleen may also have a harder time recovering from an illness or injury.
    Doctor was supposed to remove a tumorous kidney but instead left it in and removed a spleen WTF

    Better news report than the RTHK one.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...leen-operation
    Last edited by chuckster007; 16-05-2019 at 01:11 PM.

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    Er, I mean, how is this not a lawsuit? This person still has a tumour on their kidney – and is healing from the damage of the operation which removed their spleen... so there will have to be another operation to deal with the tumour. Negligent, surely


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    Quote Originally Posted by irisboards
    Er, I mean, how is this not a lawsuit? This person still has a tumour on their kidney – and is healing from the damage of the operation which removed their spleen... so there will have to be another operation to deal with the tumour. Negligent, surely
    The article isn't saying it isn't. It is saying that the hospital hasn't breached any regulations and the surgeon has been reported to the Medical Advisory Council. Just another poorly written SCMP / RTHK article.
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