Posts Tagged 'uterine sarcoma'

Ethicon Power Morcellator Lawsuits Consolidated in Kansas

power morcellator lawsuits consolidated into mdlSix federal power morcellator lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit have been centralized in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation held in its October 15 transfer order that the cases all involved common questions of fact, and that centralization would promote more just and efficient litigation.

Laparoscopic power morcellators are a type of medical ...

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FDA Addresses Cancer Risk of Morcellation Devices

A panel of Food and Drug Administration experts says that it is unlikely that power morcellation can be used to remove fibroids from women without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. The FDA takes into consideration the opinions of its health advisors on these panels when making regulatory decisions about medical devices.

Power morcellators are used in the removal of fibroids and in some hysterectomies. Fibroids can cause severe pain, heavy ...

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Quantification of Morcellation Cancer Risk

After much speculation about the risk of spreading cancer with power morcellators, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has assembled information on this risk. The risk was quantified from a review of data from over 200,000 patients.

The medical records review showed that 36,470 women had procedures where the uterus was fragmented using morcellation. Of those, one in every 368 women had an undiagnosed uterine cancer, resulting in 99 patients, or about 0.27%, ...

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Johnson & Johnson Asks Doctors to Return Its Ethicon Power Morcellator Devices

Johnson and Johnson requests voluntary recall of Ethicon power morcellatorsThe FDA previously advised doctors to stop all use of power morcellators while the devices’ propensity to spread cancer was reviewed. Now J&J is pursuing a global, voluntary return of its power morcellator devices. An article in Reuters reports that this move comes as a result of concerns that the surgical device potentially spreads cancerous uterine growths in women.

Uterine growths, called fibroids, are divided into ...

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Johnson & Johnson Alerted to Morcellator Cancer Risk in 2006

report indicates Johnson and Johnson knew of morcellator risk in 2006A report published in the Pittsburgh Business Times indicates that the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary responsible for manufacturing power morcellators was warned eight years ago that their device could increase the risk of spreading cancer. The news is based on a series of communications between the company and a Pennsylvania pathologist, Dr. Robert Lamparter, who requested that Johnson & Johnson reconsider the risk posed by ...

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Laparoscopic Uterine Power Morcellation Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

A Pennsylvania man is suing the manufacturer of a device used to remove large masses of tissue during minimally invasive surgeries. The man is alleging that the device caused the spread of cancerous tissue during his wife’s hysterectomy, ultimately resulting in her death. The device at issue is known as a morcellator, which operates by breaking up tissue into smaller fragments, allowing a surgeon to remove the tissue through a smaller incision than would be required in standard laparoscopic surgery.

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