Baylor College of Medicine has launched an investigation into the review of pap smears it sends Austin-based Clinical Pathologies Laboratories (CPL), which missed signs of malignancy in over 200 Irish women later found to have cervical cancer.
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What’s the problem?
May 18, 2018 – Baylor’s review comes on the heels of an announcement by the Irish Government, which outsources its tests as part of a free government screening program, according to Houstonia. Over the past week, Irish media has reported extensively on the controversy created by news of the false negatives.
“We have reached out to Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc. to ascertain the accuracy of diagnoses for our patients and will do what is necessary to ensure the safety of our patients,” Baylor officials wrote in a statement following the announcement.
The university said it’s still unaware of how many patients could potentially be affected by inaccurate reading of pap smears, and that all will be notified of their status.
Baylor contracts with Clinical Pathology Laboratories to read pap smears collected by family doctors at its Baylor Clinic. Baylor obstetrician / gynecologists have clinics at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, which sends pap smears to a different lab.
News of the inaccurate readings made headlines last week when it was announced that Clinical Pathology Laboratories had reached a $3 million settlement with Vicky Phelan, a 43-year-old Irish woman who is now dying of cervical cancer. Phelan received free cervical screenings through an Irish government program that, like Baylor University, contracted with CPL to review its tests.
Phelan’s 2011 pap smear came back negative, according to The New York Times, with a second test in 2014 reading positive, prompting a review of the earlier test.
As it turns out, Phelan’s first test “strongly indicated the presence of cancer,” which she learned about in September 2017. Four months later, she was given 6 months to 1 year to live, the Times reports.
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