Bell’s Palsy Mistaken for Cancer of the Parotid Gland


This case involves a patient who was misdiagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Further medical evaluation showed that the patient had a malignant tumor of the parotid gland that was ultimately fatal. The necessary imaging reports (MRI/CT scan) were conducted but the radiologist failed to report the mass in his diagnostic reports.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • The attorney is looking for an expert in this particular field of radiology who can review the medical records and imaging studies to determine if there was any deviation from the radiological standard of care or if any negligence was apparent.

Expert Witness Response E-000348

This is actually a common incident where an unskilled radiologist can miss a parotid tumor and mistake the diagnosis for bells palsy.

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