Posted On: March 26, 2012 by Moseley Collins

Woman Diagnosed With Cancer After Failure to Treat Tongue in Sacramento Medical Malpractice Case, Part 2 of 4

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)

Plaintiff returned March 4, 2004 for a prophy. That day the area on the tongue was described as improved.

On June 2, 2004, plaintiff was seen again for an apthous ulcer on the tip of her tongue. The associate dentist placed Debactrol on the area to cauterize the ulcer.

Plaintiff returned December 8, 2004 for a prophy. The hygienist noted an apthous ulcer on the left side of the tongue on the lateral border. The patient was shown the area and advised to monitor it.

Plaintiff returned on October 10, 2006. There were no complaints voiced. The hygienist wrote “watch tongue, not too scalloped.” Plaintiff had developed a habit of sucking on her tongue which caused the tongue to have a scalloped appearance from the back side of the teeth.

Plaintiff returned on February 14, 2007 for a prophy and examination. No complaints were referable to plaintiff's tongue. The hygienist noted the oral hygiene was fine and the gingival tissues were light, firm, and pink.

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Plaintiff returned on February 19, 2008. No abnormal findings were noted. The oral tissues appeared firm and pink.

On June 18, 2008, plaintiff was seen by defendant. Defendant noted that plaintiff's chief complaint was the left lateral border of her tongue. He described a long, whitish fibrotic leukoplakia appearing lesion 10 mm long by 4 to 5 mm wide. There was no associated pain. Defendant was able to rub off the white area and believed the lesion was from a tongue bite. Plaintiff was shown the area and advised to monitor it for any changes. She was scheduled for a re-evaluation in four months.

Plaintiff returned on October 14, 2008. That day she was seen by Mark Meier, D.D.S. The doctor's note read that he would continue to watch the left lateral border of the tongue. The hygienist noted that plaintiff was shown the area of the tongue to monitor.

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