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J&J's Ethicon Unit Recalls its Power Morcellator Devices After Warnings by Federal Regulators and Concern About Risk of Spreading Occult Cancer, Parker Waichman Comments
Date:8/1/2014

ssive leiomyosarcoma spread through her body after a power morcellator was utilized during her routine laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy procedure. That lawsuit was brought against Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation over the Wolf Power Morcellator. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Sarah Salem-Robinson and her husband, Alan A. Robinson, in the Northern District of California on May 13, 2014 (Case5:14-cv-02209-PSG).

Two weeks after the procedure, the woman was advised that one of her fibroids was, in fact, a uterine leiomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of a so-called “occult” cancer, according to a report dated July 9, 2014 by The Washington Post. The woman was diagnosed with four lesions on one lung that, according to her lawsuit, are likely metastatic leiomyosarcoma resulting from the morcellator.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then issued a warning on April 17, 2014 regarding power morcellator use during minimally invasive hysterectomies (uterine removal) or myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal), indicating that power morcellators may spread a hidden cancer. This spread may lead to a significant worsening of a patient's prognosis and long-term survival. According to the FDA, laparoscopic power morcellators break up pieces of tissue during surgical procedures. This enables facile removal of the tissue through tiny incisions th
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