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Failure to diagnose appendicitis is medically negligent

Medical negligence can happen in Sacramento or anywhere else. If a medical professional fails to determine the right diagnosis from symptoms of appendicitis, the organ may rupture before it is treated, causing serious complications.

In order to arrive at a correct diagnosis, the medical professional must collect all the pertinent information and perform several tests to confirm their suspicions. With proper diagnosis, the patient has a good chance of recovery. A failure to identify the problem in time may lead to serious injuries or death. 

Appendicitis is the third most-often-missed medical diagnosis. Close to 30 percent of people diagnosed with acute episodes of appendicitis were previously been seen by another doctor and were not accurately diagnosed. The failure to identify appendicitis is higher among children and infants.

One in fifteen people will end up with appendicitis during the course of life. It often happens to those ranging in age from 10 to 30 years old, but the inner lining of the organ could become inflamed and fill with pus at any point in time. An untreated, inflamed appendix is at high risk to rupture. Once that happens, infection spreads rapidly throughout the abdominal cavity.

The symptoms commonly associated with appendicitis include:

  • Pain in the upper or lower abdomen that increases in intensity in the lower right quadrant
  • Constipation or diarrhea and gas
  • Fever
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Painful urination
  • Deferred pain in the back, rectum or upper/lower abdomen

A medical professional could fail to diagnose appendicitis if he or she:

  • Does not order the right tests
  • Follows up inadequately with the patient
  • Does not ask the right questions to determine symptoms
  • Gives painkillers without identifying the cause of the pain or further pursuing symptoms
  • Diagnoses an unrelated illness
  • Misidentifies symptoms when they are other than the classic signals used to diagnose

If you have been in such a situation, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. You have the right to an intelligent, educated diagnosis. If you are misdiagnosed, someone needs to be held accountable for that medical negligence.