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Posted on 18th April 2018

Dentists Dismissed Tumour For Infected Wisdom Tooth

A 60-year-old man was left with a 6cm hole in his face from cancer. Despite visiting the dentist to voice his concern, the dentist dismissed a cancerous tumour for an infected wisdom tooth. The patient was suffering from swelling and pain however, there was an oversight from patient’s dentist, who did not see the signs of cancer.

Following his incorrect diagnosis, the tumour then burst through the patient's cheek, leaving a hole in his face. After a 14-hour-long operation, the tumour was removed, and his jaw was reconstructed using bone and skin taken from his leg. The patient had to have six weeks of radiotherapy and two courses of chemotherapy to remove the cancer.

Due to the misdiagnosis, the patient is now seeking legal action against the dentist because of his trauma and disfigurement. If the dentist had correctly diagnosed the issue when he visited three months earlier, then the patient may not have required such severe cancer treatment.

Because of the delay, specialists had only one option to remove the tumour which led to the disfigurement. If they had treated it earlier, the man might not have suffered from quite such invasive surgery and permanent scarring.  

What Negligence Claimline say

When it comes to cancer, an early diagnosis is vital to ensure that impact is reduced. Leaving diagnosis too late can be devastating and even fatal, impacting the individual, family and loved ones. To make sure the cancer is as easy as possible to treat, health professionals need to refer for specialist treatment straightaway.

If you have suffered as a result of a late cancer diagnosis, then you may be able to seek compensation. Tell your story to our team of expert solicitors who can provide you with free advice on how best to proceed with your claim. Talk to the team today by emailing and receive your free claims assessment.