Manitoba

Manitoba pathologist pulled off duty

Diagnostic Services Manitoba, which oversees public labs in the province, stated on Friday that a routine audit this year uncovered "pathological discrepancies" in biopsy results.

A Manitoba pathologist has been removed from clinical duties and is having his work reviewed.

Diagnostic Services Manitoba, which oversees public labs in the province, stated on Friday that a routine audit this year uncovered "pathological discrepancies" in biopsy results.

The agency won't name the pathologist, who started working in October 2010, or say exactly what the problems were.

The agency said a review of all 3,000 cases handled by the pathologist is now underway.

Some 600 cases have been reviewed so far, and the agency said none have resulted in a change of prognosis and only one has resulted in the need for follow-up testing.

Pathologists are physicians who examine tissues, blood or other body fluids to help other physicians in the diagnosis of diseases such as cancer, blood disorders and infections.

DSM's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amin Kabani said the agency is informing patients as soon as a discprepancy is discovered.

A toll-free hotline has also been set up. The number is 1-866-633-1787.

"So if people are worried, and they've had biopsies performed between October 2010 and June 2011, or if their physicians are worried, they can call in, Kabani said.