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Appendicitis misdiagnosis can be deadly

Posted on January 20, 2015 8:42 am under Medical Malpractice

Appendicitis is the inflammation of a hollow, finger-like appendage of the colon located at the lower right side of the abdomen, called the appendix. This condition occurs when the lining of the appendix is blocked by infection, causing it to become swollen and filled with pus. If left undetected, it can burst and cause a myriad of severe, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

Typical symptoms of appendicitis include abrupt pain in the lower right side of the abdomen that may radiate to the back. However, some appendices project in an unusual position, and might be pointing backward instead of forward in the body. In this situation, different symptoms might manifest and may thus lead to misdiagnosis.

Unfortunately, some doctors fail to conduct procedures other than physical examination to rule out other disease and come up with an accurate appendicitis diagnosis, such as urine, blood, and imaging tests. If you think medical negligence has been the cause of a misdiagnosis in Wisconsin, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be of help. Call us at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about filing a case against the party involved.