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Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 16:21

Man undergoes unnecessary surgery after misdiagnosis

By Kahon Chan/

HONG KONG - A patient had his lungs trimmed in an "unnecessary procedure" at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital after his lung tissue sample was tainted at the hospital's laboratory.

According to RTHK, the 60-year-old patient had his lungs trimmed after being diagnosed of lung cancer. The hospital later found out he had no cancer. The patient has been discharged from the hospital.

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man told reporters Wednesday afternoon that the misdiagnosis was likely caused by contamination of lung tissue samples at the hospital laboratory during pathological analysis.

Ko expressed deep concerns over the blunder, and assured that the Hospital Authority will look into the mishap to ensure similar incidents would not occur again in future.

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