Intestinal Ischemia and Medical Malpractice
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Ischemia of the intestines, also known as colonic ischemia or ischemic colitis, is a bowel infarction resulting from decreased blood flow. If left untreated, it can cause serious damage, severe pain and even wrongful death.
Because intestinal ischemia is treatable, it is all the more tragic when a patient experiences suffering, inflammation, infection or death. Led by Deborah Maliver, who is both an attorney and a board-certified physician, Biancheria & Maliver P.C. is dedicated to holding medical professionals accountable for their medical malpractice.
If your family has experienced loss due to untreated intestinal ischemia, contact the firm for a free analysis and evaluation.
Delayed Diagnosis or Failure to Properly Treat Colonic Ischemia
Intestinal ischemia tends to affect adults with poor circulation or decreased blood flow. Often, these individuals are in middle and later life stages, or they may be surgical patients with low blood pressure. Because an adequate supply of blood is not reaching the bowel, pieces of the intestine may die. Symptoms of intestinal ischemia include:
- Bloody stool
- Abdominal/stomach pain
- Frequent bowel movements
This condition is not one that progresses symptom-free. Patients will know something is not as it should be, and doctors are trained to recognize the symptoms and follow up with appropriate tests and treatment.
Properly diagnosed, intestinal ischemia is unlikely to result in fatality. Rather, medical professionals have ample time to fix the problem. In many cases, doctors and nurses can give fluids to the patient and work to increase the patient's blood pressure. If a portion of the bowel has already died due to lack of circulation, a surgeon can often remove that section of the intestine with fairly minimal impact on the patient's quality of life. Any infection that results from the ischemia can typically be effectively treated with antibiotics.
If a medical professional fails to recognize the signs of intestinal ischemia, causing a delay in diagnosis or misdiagnoses — or fails to diagnose the condition at all — the outcome for the patient can be quite different. Tissue death, infection and sepsis can lead to complications that require aggressive intervention. The patient may suffer permanent, disabling loss of bowel function or even die.
If the worsening of condition, disability or death is the result of negligence, the patient or his or her family may have the right to bring a medical malpractice or wrongful death claim.
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At Biancheria & Maliver, we understand the significant impact an untreated intestinal ischemia can have on victims and their families. We are committed to holding medical professionals accountable for their negligence.
Contact a lawyer at Biancheria & Maliver to schedule a free case analysis and consultation.