Lymphoma Expert Opines on Fatal Marrow Transplant

Cody Porcoro

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on October 31, 2017

A woman with a history of T cell lymphoma passed away one year after a bone marrow transplant, leading to a lawsuit questioning the hospital’s standard of care. The spread of T cell lymphoma through the patient’s bloodstream eventually necessitated a bone marrow transplant, and the procedure was deemed a success. One year later, however, the woman contracted a severe respiratory disease and underwent treatment with an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machine. When the patient suffered deadly complications during the procedure after the machine began to malfunction, her entire medical history with T cell lymphoma was analyzed. A hematologist with experience performing bone marrow transplants was required to testify on the prognosis of a patient one year after a bone marrow transplant.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Are you willing to review records to opine on whether or not the patient should have received the vaccination?
  • 1. How often do you perform bone marrow transplants?

Expert Witness Response E-010101

I have extensive clinical experience with lymphoma and bone marrow transplants.The general prognosis for a T-cell lymphoma patient who is in remission one year after transplant is often favorable. I could give a more accurate assessment of prognosis if I know more details about the specifics regarding the lymphoma diagnosis, state of the disease prior to transplant, transplant regimen and course post-transplant.

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