Doctor found guilty over nuchal scan result error

A SYDNEY obstetrician who incorrectly interpreted the results of a patient’s nuchal translucency ultrasound as being abnormal and referred the patient for unnecessary investigations has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), prosecuting Dr Hassan Salloum before a Medical Professional Standards Committee, argued he had incorrectly interpreted the results of the test, used to predict the statistical likelihood a child will be born with Down syndrome.

The results of the nuchal translucency ultrasound were within the normal range, but the accompanying blood test was not conducted. 

In a written statement, Dr Salloum said while he knew the ultrasound results were within the normal range, without the accompanying blood test, he was unwilling to accept the result as final. 

The HCCC noted that Dr Salloum went on to tell the patient there was an increased risk