Massachusetts Medical Malpractice – Failure to Diagnose Bladder Obstruction
The failure to diagnose bladder obstruction is very serious. The doctor should be able to recognize the signs if symptoms are present and the correct tests are performed on the patient. Any part of negligence upon the doctor should not be ignored or taken lightly. A bladder obstruction is extremely serious and if not diagnosed properly, it could also be a misdiagnosis of life-threatening conditions such as prostate cancer or infection.
A bladder obstruction is any type of condition that blocks urine flow from the bladder to the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body. The possible causes for bladder obstruction are prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate, bladder stones, narrowing of the urethra from surgery or infection, scar tissue between the opening the bladder, and the urethra and medications that treat an overactive bladder. Symptoms of bladder obstruction include inability to urinate, weak or intermittent stream of urine, straining or hesitating to urinate, stopping and starting a urine stream, dribbling after urination, the sensation that the bladder is not empty after urinating and frequently getting up to go to the bathroom during the night.
Serious complications arise when the condition is left untreated. The urine will back up in the urinary tubes and kidneys. This can lead to a bladder infection, bladder stones, and permanent damage to the kidneys and bladder muscle. Or if there was a failure to diagnose bladder obstruction on the doctor’s part, the victim could be leaving a host of other serious ailments left untreated. For example, if prostate cancer is not diagnosed early and properly treated, the victim could be in a potentially life-threatening situation. Then the victim will be fighting multiple conditions.
Treatment of bladder obstruction varies. To clear any obstruction and restore the normal flow of urine through the urinary tract, the victim may have to undergo endoscopy or laparoscopic surgery or a cystoscopy to remove obstructions. Other procedures include a catheter to be inserted in the urethra through the bladder to drain the bladder – an excruciatingly painful procedure upon insertion, a stent or hollow tube inserted to keep the urethra open and nephrostomy tube inserted through the lower back to drain the kidneys.
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