A GP is sued for failing to communicate SCC results

MEDICOLEGAL CASE STUDY

When a chance to remove an SCC early is missed.


A 45-year-old tradesman consulted his GP for a skin assessment. The GP noted multiple, large BCCs and SCCs on his body. He biopsied eight lesions and treated these and others with diathermy and curettage.

He repeated the process one week later for a number of other lesions.

Four of the biopsied lesions were reported on as SCCs and four as BCCs.

Three months later, the GP curetted another 20 lesions, but did not submit these for pathological examination

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