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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2020, Vol. 47 Issue (3): 452-454    DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog.2020.03.5042
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A case of stillbirth caused by rupture of an intrahepatic hemangioma and the wish for litigation
U. Indraccolo1, 2, *(), S.R. Indraccolo3, P. Greco4, P. Fedeli5
1Maternal-Infantile Department. Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Sant'Anna University Hospital of Ferrara – Cona, Italy
2Complex Operative Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Alto Tevere" Hospital of Città di Castello. ASL 1 Umbria, Italy
3Department of Gynecological, Obstetrical, and Urological Sciences. "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy
4Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, Section of Obstetric and Gynaecology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
5School of Law, Legal medicine. University of Camerino, Italy
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A very uncommon case of an intrahepatic hemangioma rupture as a cause of a stillborn baby is presented. It seems that the event could not be detected. However, the idea of litigation pushed parents to ascertain hypothetical liability of physicians 10 years after the stillbirth. The reason that parents do not comprehend that such a rare event could occur and opt for litigation was investigated. The conclusion seems that some patients' beliefs do not agree with physician counseling and cause the failure of the medical goals for the best care; thus, an improvement in counseling would still be ineffective. Rather, lowering parents' expectations from medical assessments and care seems the right way to reduce the incidence of litigation.
Key words:  Fetal intrahepatic hemangioma      Stillbirth      Litigation     
Submitted:  09 November 2018      Accepted:  29 November 2018      Published:  15 June 2020     
*Corresponding Author(s):  UGO INDRACCOLO     E-mail:

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U. Indraccolo, S.R. Indraccolo, P. Greco, P. Fedeli. A case of stillbirth caused by rupture of an intrahepatic hemangioma and the wish for litigation. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2020, 47(3): 452-454.

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