GP fail: Missed chance for a timely diagnosis

Six years after an abnormal PSA test, a man suffers metastatic cancer and sues for negligence

Medicolegal expert Dr Craig Lilienthal reviews a case in which, six years after an abnormal PSA test, a man suffers metastatic cancer and sues his GP for negligence.

PSA test

A  65-year-old man attended his GP for a pre-retirement health check-up.

Apart from some arthritis, he was perfectly well.

Clinical examination was normal and the GP recommended some routine blood tests.

The man had no lower urinary tract symptoms and there was no family history of prostate cancer. At the patient’s suggestion, the GP added a

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