Ms. Jacquelyn Graulty has filed a lawsuit in Louisiana against LabCorp and BioReference Laboratories in which she alleges the laboratories were negligent in “preparing, testing, reading, reviewing, analyzing, categorizing, reporting, and storing” her Pap smear and histologic slides, and this led to a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of her endometrial cancer. Ms. Graulty’s former gynecologist and medical practice are also named as defendants.
Ms. Graulty originally presented to gynecologist Dr. Susan Jeanfreu at Fleur De Lis OB/GYN Associates on November 11, 2008 with complaints of a “possible bacterial infection”. Dr. Jeanfreu performed a Pap smear and sent it to LabCorp, which reported “Epithelial cell abnormality, atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance [ASCUS]”.
Approximately one month later, Ms. Graulty returned to Dr. Jeanfreu, who sampled her ectocervix and endocervix, which were also sent to LabCorp. LabCorp identified focal mild dysplasia with HPV-associated change in the ectocervix “not inconsistent” with the patient’s prior ASCUS Pap; the endocervical curettage was unremarkable.
A few days before LabCorp’s report came out, Dr. Jeanfreu performed a colposcopy, and determined Ms. Graulty had Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia I (CIN-I).
In September 2009, Ms. Graulty came back to Dr. Jeanfreu complaining of vaginal bleeding. Dr. Jeanfreu altered Ms. Graulty’s birth control and performed another Pap smear, which LabCorp reported as normal.
In January 2012, Ms. Graulty returned to Dr. Jeanfreu with complaints of vaginal bleeding. Dr. Jeanfreu again altered Ms. Graulty’s birth control, and performed another Pap smear. This time the Pap was sent to GenPath, which is owned by BioReference Laboratories; GenPath reported the Pap smear was normal. A pelvic ultrasound at that time showed diffuse adenomyosis.
Over the next six months Ms. Graulty continued to have vaginal bleeding and returned to Dr. Jeanfreu several times, who reportedly simply altered Ms. Graulty’s birth control regimen.
In July 2013, Ms. Graulty moved to Pennsylvania and started seeing a new gynecologist, Dr. Kerri McIntyre, for her continued vaginal bleeding. Dr. McIntyre discontinued Ms. Graulty’s birth control pills and ordered an ultrasound and lab tests, the results of which are not included in the lawsuit.