Medical Negligence : Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis : Kidney Failure Misdiagnosis

Kidney Failure Misdiagnosis

The human body is remarkably resilient. It is able to compensate and adapt to injury or impairment with relative ease. It can even cope with a major organ failing for an extended period of time before any symptoms manifest.

Kidney (or renal) failure is scary, it can often be painful and it can be utterly life altering, especially if it isn’t identified until a late stage.

Some patients are fortunate and get diagnosed early as a result of abnormalities in other tests. These individuals can be treated with medication and go on to live normal, unaffected lives.

However, by the time symptoms manifest the kidneys have started to fail making swift action all the more important.

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Common Symptoms

  • Weight loss and poor appetite
  • Swollen ankles, feet or hands – as a result of water retention (oedema)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • Blood in your urine
  • An increased need to urinate – particularly at night
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Itchy skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling sick
  • Headaches
  • Erectile dysfunction in men

Although many of these symptoms can be associated with other – often equally severe – medical conditions, if you are receiving the care you deserve then kidney failure should have been identified as a possible diagnosis. Kidney failure can also occur if your doctor fails to recognise deteriorating renal function as a side effect of medication for another condition.

What Can I Do?

Failure to diagnose can cause further damage to the kidneys requiring an organ transplant or a lifetime of dialysis, redefining the way you live your life.

This isn’t right or fair.

If you believe your kidney failure was misdiagnosed you may be entitled to make a claim. Book a free chat today and speak to our medical negligence team who will give you an honest assessment of your chances of success.

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