Ontario probe finds concern in hundreds of Windsor pathology cases

Vogel, Lauren
September 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/21/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 13, pE667
Academic Journal
The article reports on an investigation in Ontario regarding more than 6,000 cases of incorrect mastectomy at three hospitals in Windsor. According to the investigators, medical experts found disagreements in the 221 original diagnoses by doctor Olive Williams. It says that investigators calls on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to reconsider the competency of Williams. Egidio Sovran of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital relates that they are sorry that the errors occurred.


Related Articles

  • Series of errors led to 300 unnecessary mastectomies. Cooper-Mahkorn, Deirdre // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);03/04/2000, Vol. 320 Issue 7235, p597 

    Focuses on the medical error involving unnecessary mastectomies performed on several women in the cities of Essen and Bochum in western Germany. Basis of the medical errors; Aspects of malpractice committed by surgeons performing the masectomies.

  • Carcinosarcoma Masquerading as Giant Cystic Hematoma. HIPPARGI, SUREKHA B; JAVALGI, ANITA P.; KUSHTAGI, ANIRUDH V.; KULKARNI, PADMAJA R.; MAMTA, K. // Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research;Oct2014, Vol. 8 Issue 10, p26 

    Carcinoarcoma of breast is rare tumor with aggressive behaviour and poor prognosis. Histologically it is biphasic tumor with epithelial and mesenchymal component. Very few cases of carcinosarcoma, its presentation and behaviour have been reported in the literature, and due to its bizarre...

  • “Apologies” from Pathologists: Why, When, and How to Say “Sorry” After Committing a Medical Error. Dewar, Rajan; Parkash, Vinita; Forrow, Lachlan; Truog, Robert D. // International Journal of Surgical Pathology;May2014, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p242 

    How pathologists communicate an error is complicated by the absence of a direct physician–patient relationship. Using 2 examples, we elaborate on how other physician colleagues routinely play an intermediary role in our day-to-day transactions and in the communication of a pathologist...

  • Comparing Methods to Measure Error in Gynecologic Cytology and Surgical Pathology. Renshaw, Andrew A. // Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine;May2006, Vol. 130 Issue 5, p626 

    Context.—Both gynecologic cytology and surgical pathology use similar methods to measure diagnostic error, but differences exist between how these methods have been applied in the 2 fields. Objective.—To compare the application of methods of error detection in gynecologic cytology...

  • Critical Values in Anatomic Pathology. Silverman, Jan F.; Pereira, Telma C. // Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine;May2006, Vol. 130 Issue 5, p638 

    Similar to critical values (CVs) in clinical pathology, occasional diagnoses in surgical pathology and cytology could require immediate notification of the physician to rapidly initiate treatment. However, there are no established CV guidelines in anatomic pathology. A retrospective review of...

  • Amended Reports: Development and Validation of a Taxonomy of Defects. Frederick Meier; Richard Zarbo; Ruan Varney; Mona Bonsal; Daniel Schultz; Colleen Vrbin; Dana Grzybicki; Stephen Raab // American Journal of Clinical Pathology;Aug2008, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p238 

    Amended pathology reports produce rework, confusion, and distrust. To develop a reproducible amendment taxonomy we derived a classification from 141 amended reports, then validated it with 130 new cases before 4 observers independently reviewed 430 cases measuring agreement (k). Next, agreement...

  • Benign Hyperplastic Mesothelial Cells in Lymph Node. Pelosi, Giuseppe; Sonzogni, Angelica; Rosai, Juan // International Journal of Surgical Pathology;Jul2007, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p297 

    The article focuses on the issue concerning malignancy mimicry of nodal benign hyperplastic mesothelial cells in lymph nodes. It discusses the case of a 74-year-old Hispanic man who underwent an incidental mediastinal lymph node biopsy at the time of aortic and mitral valve replacement surgery....

  • Klinische Autopsie. Bode, Peter K. // Praxis (16618157);1/15/2014, Vol. 103 Issue 2, p65 

    No abstract available.

  • Investigating elevated potassium values. Baer, Daniel M.; Ernst, Dennis J.; Willeford, Susan I.; Gambino, Raymond // MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer;Nov2006, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p24 

    The article presents information about the falsely elevated potassium value also called as pseudohyperkalemia. When potassium levels are falsely elevated by specimen-collection or processing errors, patients can be subjected to medical mistakes with many disastrous consequences. Laboratory...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics