Kidney Cancer : How Not Obtaining A Second Opinion Can Lead To Premature Death

The family of Daniel Gapinski wishes he had obtained a medical second opinion sooner.

The Illinois resident died prematurely when a neuropathologist misdiagnosed a mass growing near his pituitary gland in his brain as a benign meningloma. It was actually malignant kidney cancer that had metastasized to his brain. But as a result of the initial diagnosis, Mr. Kapinski underwent little followup care after its removal.

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The kidney cancer diagnosis was not made until two years later, when Mr. Kapinski’s symptoms returned. By then, the cancer was too far advanced to treat.

A jury recently awarded $1.7 million to Mr. Kapinski’s estate and family, determining that the initial misdiagnosis led to his dying prematurely, according to the News-Tribune newspaper.

Any tumor in or near the brain or other parts of the central nervous system is a serious medical matter and should require a second opinion as a matter of course.

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