Man sues doctor for unnecessary castration

June 4, 2008 at 3:35 PM

CINCINNATI, June 4 (UPI) -- A Cincinnati area man says he has filed suit after his doctor partially castrated him, removing a testicle that was found not to be cancerous.

Stephen M. Kosti filed suit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court seeking unspecified damages against Dr. Gary M. Kirsch, alleging medical malpractice, lack of informed consent and battery, reported the Dayton Daily News Wednesday.

Kosti experienced pain in his groin and was admitted to Jewish Hospital to have an exploration of the scrotum procedure, which then led Kirsch to remove the man's right testicle, the report said.

Kosti alleges the doctor told him "that he may have cancerous cells in his testicle/scrotum to such an extent that he may live only another six months." A few days later, Kosti consulted an oncologist and had a PET scan done which scan indicated that the right testicle was not cancerous, according to the lawsuit.

Kosti is representing himself in the case and requesting a jury trial. The lawsuit argues that the misdiagnosis has caused him to loss of wages, additional medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental and physical anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

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