The medical malpractice lawyers at our Michigan law firm handle cases involving the failure to diagnose and treat an intestinal obstruction. An intestinal obstruction is a medical emergency that can be fatal if there is a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Small intestinal obstructions account for 20% of all acute surgical admissions.
Diagnosing Intestinal Obstructions
The diagnosis of an intestinal obstruction is made based upon the complaints, symptoms, and presentation of the patient. It is essential that a physician take a detailed history from the patient and perform a proper physical examination to diagnose this condition. A misdiagnosis of a patient with an intestinal obstruction can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Symptoms of Intestinal Obstructions
Common symptoms and complaints that should point toward a diagnosis of a intestinal obstruction include:
- Abdominal pain -Nausea
- Fever and Tachycardia (increased heart rate)
- Previous abdominal or pelvic surgery
- Bad Breath
Physical Exam for Intestinal Obstructions
Several findings on physical exams can lead to a diagnosis of an intestinal obstruction, especially in connection with the common symptoms and complaints. These include:
- Abdominal distention
- Intestinal sounds
- Blood during rectal examination
- Fever and Tachycardia
In addition to the symptoms and complaints, there are several tests and studies that are used by doctors to make the diagnosis of an intestinal obstruction. These include abdominal x-rays, CT scans, ultrasonography, and blood tests. It is essential that a physician who suspects that a patient is suffering from an intestinal obstruction perform these tests immediately. When diagnosed, emergency surgery is often necessary in conjunction with IV anti-biotics, give both before and after surgery.
Intestinal Obstructions May Lead to Death
Time is of the essence in both the diagnosis and treatment of intestinal obstructions. If untreated, strangulated obstructions cause death in 100% of patients. If surgery is performed within 36 hours, the death rate decreases to 8%. For surgeries performed after 36 hours, the mortality rate increases to 25%.
Medical Malpractice and Intestinal Obstructions
When a patient suffers injuries or death due to the delay in diagnosis and treatment of an intestinal obstruction, it may give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. If a patient dies as a result, this warrants the filing of a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. If you would like more information about your rights in a medical malpractice case, you can order our FREE book "The Ultimate Michigan Medical Malpractice Handbook" by clicking on the book title. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.
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Contact Your Michigan Medical Malpractice and Intestinal Obstructions Attorney Today
If you suspect that you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice due to intestinal obstruction, or you lost a loved one due to intestinal obstruction, you should contact our law firm office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call our top rated Michigan medical malpractice lawyers now at (800) 606-1717.