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SANDBERG PHOENIX MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTORY
Keith Phoenix and John Ingrassia of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard received a defense verdict in St. Louis City Circuit Court. This was a medical malpractice action wherein the plaintiff developed Horner’s Syndrome following a carotid endarterectomy performed by a vascular surgeon in October, 1999. Horner’s Syndrome presents as a triad of symptoms, including ptosis (drooping eyelid), myosis (unilateral pupil constriction) and anhydrosis, which leads to lack of sweating on the affected side of the face. The defendant established Horner’s Syndrome is a rare but recognized complication of the carotid endarterectomy procedure, and was not caused by any negligence on the part of the surgeon.