Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Misdiagnosis
When a doctor fails to diagnose a blood clot
DVT or deep vein thrombosis can be caused by surgery, an accident (broken bone or another trauma) or from some medications (such as birth control pills). DVT occurs when blood thickens and clumps together in a clot deep within a vein. The clot can then travel through the bloodstream. If it reaches an artery in the lungs, it can block the flow of blood. This blockage is called a pulmonary embolism.
An undiagnosed and untreated blood clot is extremely dangerous. It can damage the lungs and other organs and cause death. Methods of DVT diagnosis include:
- Compression ultrasonography, using sound waves to take pictures of a patient’s leg
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce accurate imaging results (not suitable in all cases)
- Ventilation/perfusion lung scanning, done with radioactive particles that are inhaled and then examined
- Pulmonary angiography, an insertion done with a catheter to inject dye
- Spiral computed tomography, a CT scan with a dye injection and computer analysis (not suitable for all patients)
Your doctor is responsible for knowing the circumstances that cause DVT and for taking precautions to ensure you are not in danger. If you are in danger, your doctor should take quick action. If you have DVT following surgery or treatment for an accident or after taking a prescribed medication, and if your doctor failed to take precautions or perform tests, you deserve answers and justice if you suffered serious injury. Talk to a lawyer experienced with DVT cases.
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Blood clots are serious and often life threatening. Talk to a medical malpractice attorney if you or a loved one suffered from undiagnosed DVT. Call 612.255.6576 or send an email for a free consultation. Our attorneys represent clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin.