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Woman with 11-kilo cancerous tumour misdiagnosed as 'pregnant'
thinkSPAIN , Saturday, March 17, 2012

A BARCELONA hospital is facing legal action after misdiagnosing a woman suffering from cancer of the uterus, telling her she was pregnant.

The patient, who has appeared on TV but has not been publicly named, says she went to accident and emergency with excruciating abdominal pains and was 'treated with contempt'.

She said they remarked, sarcastically, “haven't you ever heard of contraception?” and told her she was heavily pregnant.

They also put her pains down to a 'panic attack' on one occasion.

But she was not convinced and when a second pregnancy test came up negative, went back to hospital.

After a great deal of pushing, she was eventually given a scan.

“The doctor said, 'gosh, what a huge cyst',” reveals the patient, who is now undergoing chemotherapy.

Her uterus contained a tumour weighing 11 kilos.

She now has a case going through the patients' ombudsman, which has opened inquiries.

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