Friday, October 8, 1999

Japan man sues hospital over unnecessary artificial rectum,27574,26243330-23109,00.html

A JAPANESE man has sued a hospital, arguing it unnecessarily gave him an artificial rectum after misdiagnosing him as suffering rectal cancer, a hospital official says.

The man underwent surgery in March at a university hospital in western Miyazaki prefecture to remove the tumour, the Mainichi daily reported on Wednesday.

But his doctor told the man, whose age and name were not reported, that a later examination found no cancer cells in the removed tissue, the report said.

The man, who now has an artificial rectum, is demanding 35 million yen ($416,171) in compensation, the report said citing the complaint filed with the Miyazaki District Court.

"We realise the complaint has been filed,'' a hospital official said.

"We will take appropriate action after examining the case.''

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