A man is suing an Illinois medical practice and one of its physicians over claims of negligence that led to a recurrent tumor.

Heidee Pagcu filed a complaint Aug. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court against Dr. Steven Charous and Otolarygology Group Ltd., alleging negligence.

On Aug. 22, 2007, the complaint states, Pagcu was diagnosed with a parapharyngeal spaced tumor that extended to the skull. Charous surgically removed the tumor, but on follow-up visits Pagcu complaint of persistent left-side facial swelling and a lump behind his ear, problems that Charous told him would go away.

Then, on April 2, 2009, a CT scan found a large mass in Pagcu's left parotid gland, the carotid and jugular spaces, and the left masseter space, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that Charous was negligent in his failure to prescribe a treatment plan to prevent or avoid the risk of a recurrent tumor, and in his failure remove all of the tumor in the first surgery and to treat the recurrent tumor in a timely fashion, among other negligent acts or omissions.

Pagcu seeks a judgment of more than $50,000 against each defendant. He is represented by Edward G. Proctor Jr. of Munday & Nathan in Chicago.

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