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Published: May 12th, 2008
Thousands of patients who were treated at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center may have been exposed to Hepatitis C and other serious infections. Dangerous and unsafe medical practices between March 2004 and January 2008, including re-use of syringes and single-use vials of medication, have caused at least 85 people in the Greater Las Vegas Area to develop hepatitis C.
STATUS OF LAS VEGAS CLINIC LAWSUITS: It has been reported that several settlements of Las Vegas endoscopy clinic lawsuits have been reached with individuals diagnosed with hepatitis C after treatment at the clinics.
OVERVIEW: In January 2008, it was discovered that physicians and staff at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center were re-using syringes on multiple patients and using single-doses vials of anesthesia during multiple procedures. The negligent and unsafe medical practices exposed as many as 50,000 people in the Greater Las Vegas area to a risk of hepatitis C, AIDS and other diseases.
Both clinics are run by the same two physicians, Drs. Dipak Desai and Eladio Carrera. They have lost their license to practice medicine in Nevada and face hundreds of lawsuits from former patients who have been diagnosed with diseases spread by the re-use of needles or blood-to-blood contact.
As of May 2008, health officials have confirmed at least 85 cases of hepatitis C linked to treatment at the Las Vegas endoscopy clinics. In addition, over 300 other individuals treated at the clinics have been diagnosed with hepatitis C, but health officials have been unable to rule out other potential causes.
HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK: Hepatitis C is the most common injury found as a result of the medical practices at the Las Vegas endoscopy clinics. The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread blood-to-blood contact and can infect the liver. The infection can cause liver inflammation, fibrotic scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and liver cancer.
Symptoms of acute Hepatits C can include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Joint Pain
- Flu Symptoms