Sacramento Woman Claims Failure to Diagnose and Treat Tongue Lesions in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Part 1 of 4

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)


According to Defendant: Plaintiff, age 57, claimed a failure to diagnose and/or refer her for evaluation of a left lateral tongue lesion, which was diagnosed in March 2009 as squamous cell carcinoma. Plaintiff was seen in defendant dentist office from 1981 until February 2009 for general dental care.

The first mention of any tongue-related complaints by plaintiff was March 27, 1995. That day she was noted to have a canker sore (apthous ulcer) under her tongue. She was provided a medicament by an associate of defendant.

On October 23, 2001, plaintiff was seen for a prophy (cleaning) visit. She reported that one week prior to the visit she had a cold sore on the left side of her tongue. The hygienist noted that the area looked good that day.

On April 7, 2003, plaintiff was seen for an emergency visit. She was diagnosed with an apthous ulcer at the tip of her tongue. She was provided with Debactrol. She was advised to have the area re-checked in two days.

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Plaintiff returned on April 10, 2003. It was noted that the area was healing dramatically. A second dose of the medication was provided.

On July 3, 2003, plaintiff was seen by an associate dentist. He noted that plaintiff was getting a sore on the left lateral border of her tongue. He noted it looked fibrotic and had palpable hardness present. Plaintiff stated she thought it was the beginning of an apthous ulcer. She was advised to contact the office if the area ulcerated.

Plaintiff returned for a prophy September 3, 2003. That day she complained of the tip of her tongue. The only description of the tongue by the hygienist was that it was sensitive. No treatment was provided to the area.

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