In this case a 46 year old female presented to defendant doctor (otolaryngologist / neurotologist) with a seven month old MRI report of her head positive for chronic sphenoid sinusitis. The defendant doctor informed patient that the findings were “incidental” and treatment for the condition was not warranted. Defendant doctor then began treating patient for an unrelated condition, diagnosed by him, called otosclerosis. Treatment for this condition continued for the next two years which primarily consisted of vestibular testing and the prescription of medications commonly used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Two years after first seeing defendant doctor the patient consulted with another otolaryngologist / neurotologist who sent plaintiff for a CT of the sinuses which revealed extensive sphenoid sinusitis and the presence of a fungal ball in the sphenoid sinuses necessitates multiple surgeries. Plaintiff maintained that if defendant doctor had treated plaintiff for the sphenoid sinusitis when she started seeing him, her surgeries and injuries would have been avoided.
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