Family Sues Doctor For Failing to Diagnose Fatal Aneurysm

Family sues doctor for failing to diagnose fatal aneurysmThe family of a Texas woman who died of a dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who allegedly failed to diagnose this condition and give the woman the required, life-saving treatment.

Judy Gregory was admitted to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in March of last year, and was treated by defendant Dr. Ezea Ede for her chest pain, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Gregory's family claims that her EKG readings were abnormal, yet Ede sent her home with a "cursory" diagnosis of arthritis, bronchitis, chest wall pain and hypokalemia. Within nine hours of being sent home, however, Gregory was dead of a dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm, the medical malpractice suit states.

Gregory's family seeks all damages allowable by law for what they claim was negligence on the part of Ede. He failed to keep her in the hospital for cardiac monitoring and diagnose her condition, the medical malpractice suit claims.

An aortic dissection occurs when the layers that compose the wall of the aorta separate, causing chest pain. Dissections in the descending thoracic aorta have a relatively low risk of death compared to dissections of other sections, and are usually treated with blood pressure medication. The risk of death with this kind of medical treatment is approximately 10 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic.