Failure to Properly Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis

Posted By Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC || 20-Oct-2015

Cystic fibrosis is a chronic and devastating disease that progressively gets worse as time goes on. It is an illness that primarily affects the lungs but can also have adverse effects on the livers, pancreas, and intestines. Because of a genetic defect, the body produces excessive amounts of mucus that can clog ducts and passages in the body. It causes problems with digestion and breathing and can be fatal.

The average life expectancy, at this time, for someone with cystic fibrosis is around 37 years. But if diagnosed early and with proper treatment, the lifespan can be potentially longer. The key factor is diagnosis. If a doctor or physician fails to properly identify cystic fibrosis, they can potentially reduce their patient’s life expectancy. That form of negligence should not be acceptable.

How to Test for Cystic Fibrosis

The most common way of testing for cystic fibrosis is through the sweat test. This test monitors the sodium levels in sweat which can indicate cystic fibrosis.

Other tests include:

  • CF genetic tests
  • Prenatal CF genetic tests
  • Chest X-rays
  • Lung functions tests

These tests should be used if a patient shows signs of cystic fibrosis. Signs can include shortness of breath, digestion problems, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Common Cystic Fibrosis Misdiagnosis

Doctors have a duty to correctly diagnose a disease, especially one as serious as cystic fibrosis. Too often, they will misinterpret symptoms and classify them for something else. Some illnesses cystic fibrosis can be confused for are:

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Malnutrition
  • Respiratory infection
  • Pancreatitis

If not diagnosed properly, the patient is at risk for more advanced cases of cystic fibrosis.

Take the First Step to Compensation

Cystic fibrosis extensively affects your life. If not diagnosed properly, lifespan can be potentially reduced. If you or your loved one has suffered because your cystic fibrosis was not diagnosed properly, you may have a case to gain compensation for suffering and loss. Contact our Portland medical malpractice attorneys at Paulson Coletti to learn your legal rights.

Categories: Medical Malpractice