The medical malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. represent clients with the condition of transverse myelitis in malpractice lawsuits. This condition, which occurs in both adults and children, is very serious and requires emergency medical care to avoid permanent injuries and complications. The failure to promptly diagnose and treat the condition can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Transverse Myelitis Medical Information
Transverse Myelitis (TM) is a disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. Autoimmune disorders are a known case of the disease, but in the majority of cases the cause is unknown. The disease has signs and symptoms of neurologic dysfunction that often produces altered sensation, weakness and urinary or bowel dysfunction.
The classic symptoms of transverse myelitis include:
- weakness in the arms & legs
- sensory symptoms like numbness or tingling
- pain and discomfort
- bladder & bowel dysfunction
Diagnosing Transverse Myelitis
It is essential for doctors to make a prompt diagnosis of transverse myelitis. Although it is not a common condition, physicians must still consider it when a patient presents with the classic symptoms of the disease. To make the diagnosis, the physician must take a good clinical interview from the patient and perform a careful neurological examination. With a young child or infant, the doctor must ask detailed questions to the parent or adult present with the child for the exam.
Diagnosis of the transverse myelitis is often made by an MRI of the spinal cord. This can be difficult to do with children because they will require sedation for the radiology study. A spinal tap can also be used in addition to the MRI to confirm a diagnosis.
Treating Transverse Myelitis
Transverse myelitis is a medical emergency. A full or partial recovery often depends on a prompt diagnosis and initiation of treatment. The main treatments for the condition are intravenous steroids at high doses for 3-5 days. Plasma exchange can be used for patients who do not respond well to the IV steroid treatment.
Transverse Myelitis Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical staffs at hospitals and emergency departments are trained to suspect a diagnosis of transverse myelitis when a patient presents with the classic symptoms. The failure to diagnose and promptly treat the condition can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. A patient can suffer permanent harm and disabilities due to medical negligence in the treatment of TM.
Medical malpractice lawsuits seek settlements and compensation for pain and suffering, disability, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and other losses. The settlements are often significant because of the permanent harm done to the patient. When the misdiagnosed patient is a child, the negligent care can cause a lifetime of disabilities and lost opportunities.
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