An Arlington County judge yesterday awarded a Spotsylvania woman $1 million in damages, the maximum allowed under Virginia law, in a medical malpractice suit against Annandale gynecologist David Davoudlarian.

Circuit Court Judge Thomas R. Monroe reduced a jury's award of $1.5 million to Karlissa B. Krombein, 38, to conform to Virginia's statutory limit.

Yesterday's award came seven months after another jury had found that Davoudlarian had been medically negligent, and had awarded Krombein $10,000 in damages. At Krombein's request, Monroe convened the second jury to reconsider the award.

In the suit, Krombein, a lawyer with the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, said that a misdiagnosis by Davoudlarian precipitated a series of medical problems that threatened her life and ultimately required her to have a hysterectomy, an operation in which all or part of the uterus is removed.

In 1985, Davoudlarian was a defendant in a celebrated $10 million civil suit filed by his two stepdaughters, who alleged that he had killed their mother. The nude body of Susan Davoudlarian was found in 1983 in the trunk of her car at Dulles International Airport. Davoudlarian was not charged in the slaying.

The civil lawsuit ended in a mistrial. Davoudlarian, however, agreed to pay his stepdaughters $310,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

In court testimony Monday, Krombein said she went to Davoudlarian, who practices in Arlington, in 1988, after experiencing abdominal discomfort.

While Davoudlarian was performing an exploratory surgical procedure, Krombein's colon apparently was punctured, and three days later she was admitted to a hospital with severe abdominal cramps and fever. Krombein said Davoudlarian, who had been her gynecologist since 1974, failed to diagnose and treat her condition -- later diagnosed as acute peritonitis -- for three days after her admission to the hospital.

Davoudlarian acknowledged in court that he performed surgery on Krombein, but denied that he was responsible for the perforation of her colon or that he had misdiagnosed her condition.

Krombein's attorney, Brian C. Shevlin, told the jury that his client was near death when she received proper medical attention. As a result of the delay, he said, Krombein suffers from emotional scars and permanent disfiguration. She has undergone a hysterectomy, as well as extensive psychological therapy.

"The quality of her life has been so diminished that {Krombein} deserves much compensation," Shevlin said.

Davoudlarian's attorney, Norman F. Slenker, told the jury Krombein's medical care after her hospitalization was the cause of her suffering.

Monroe told jurors yesterday to weigh the extent of Krombein's injuries and mental anguish, disfigurement, earnings lost and medical expenses in setting damages.

A jury of two men and five women deliberated for three hours before setting damages. Neither Davoudlarian nor Slenker would comment afterward.

"We took the instructions as they were given to us by the judge," said Michael Lee, the jury foreman. "We know what the hard numbers were -- the medical bills, et cetera -- and just applied them to the case." Another juror, Judy Russ, said after the trial that the fact that Krombein "almost lost her life," justified the size of the judgment.

"I think there is no amount of money that could take away what has happened to me," Krombein said after the verdict.