Preeclampsia is a major obstetric problem that plagues a large percentage of women every year. Preeclampsia can have severe, even deadly, consequences for a mother and her child. How does medical negligence affect preeclampsia? Here, I’ll answer this question.
What is preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related disorder characterized by high blood pressure and may affect a pregnant woman’s kidneys, liver, brain, and placenta. (Eclampsia is the subsequent disorder characterized by convulsions and coma.)
Other than high blood pressure, signs and symptoms of preeclampsia include:
- Visual disturbances,
- Oliguria (Decreased urine output),
- Abnormal kidney tests,
- Chest pain,
- Low oxygen saturation,
- Pulmonary edema (Shortness of breath because of fluid buildup in the lungs),
- Abnormal liver function,
- Epigastric pain (Upper abdominal pain),
- Coagulation impairment,
- Intravascular disseminated coagulation, and
How can doctors fail to diagnose preeclampsia?
Doctors do sometimes fail to make a timely diagnosis of preeclampsia. Because the condition is generally easy to diagnose, such failures are often due to medical malpractice. Obstetric management of preeclampsia relies on a high amount of suspicion, careful observation, and early intervention. When the preeclampsia diagnosis is missed or proper treatment is delayed, severe complications can result. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious complications for a mother and her baby.
The only cure is delivery of the baby and placenta. In cases where preeclampsia develops late in the pregnancy, delivery can be accomplished safely. But if it develops early in pregnancy, the proper course can be difficult to determine. There are fetal risks associated with induced preterm delivery, but a mother may need to deliver the baby to save her life.
If undiagnosed or improperly treated preeclampsia caused complications during your pregnancy, you may have questions about your legal options. If you have not yet started a lawsuit and are contemplating bringing one, I encourage you to contact me today. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.