Suit Says Gynecologist Left Permanent Damage

Suit Says Gynecologist Left Permanent DamageA Florida woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her former gynecologist, claiming that he negligently prescribed a cream that left her in extreme pain and left her genitals permanently damaged.

The woman, identified in the suit as Jane Doe, says that Dr. Stephen Pappachen prescribed Efudex to treat abnormal tissue formation in her vagina despite a manufacturer's warning that the cream should not be used on that part of the body or on any other mucous membrane, the Lakeland Ledger reports. 

The medical malpractice lawsuit states that the woman soon began to experience pain, swelling, bleeding and difficulty urinating, but Pappachen merely prescribed Demerol, a narcotic analgesic similar to morphine, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. When the symptoms got bad enough, the defendant told her to stop using the cream, but did not suggest she seek treatment or even give her an exam to evaluate the damage, the suit alleges. 

The plaintiff says she has undergone multiple surgeries to correct the damage caused by the allegedly improper use of Efudex, and lived for a year with pain that could not be controlled with medication. She and her husband are represented by a medical malpractice attorney and seek more than $15,000 in damages, according to the news source.