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Is a misdiagnosis of a spinal epidural abscess considered medical malpractice if the patient becomes paralyzed?

Yes, it is considered medical malpractice if a patient becomes paralyzed due to the doctor or hospitals misdiagnosis of spinal epidural abscess. Physicians are trained to suspect a spinal epidural abscess when the patient presents to them with the signs and symptoms of the condition. This treatment includes the use of antibiotics (often intravenous) and surgery is usually needed to drain or remove the abscess. The goal is to eliminate or reduce the pressure that the abscess is putting on the spinal cord to prevent further loss of function.

If a doctor or hospital who is trained to properly diagnose a patient with this condition, and the patient suffers serious injury, such as becoming paralyzed, then that patient has means for a Michigan medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, physician, or hospital who misdiagnosed the condition.

Lawrence J. Buckfire
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