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A failure to diagnose can have catastrophic consequences

Every organ in the body serves an important function that keeps it operating smoothly. For instance, the kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and separating out the extra fluid and waste. If these organs fail, the consequences to an Oregon resident -- or anyone else for that matter -- can be catastrophic due to the buildup of toxins in the body. When a failure to diagnose problems with these organs occurs, it can be debilitating or even fatal.

Many of the symptoms of kidney failure can be mistaken for other conditions, which could lead to a delay in the correct diagnosis if appropriate testing is not performed. For instance, some of the symptoms are abnormal heart rhythm, swelling of the extremities and high blood pressure. Each of these symptoms could be mistaken for another condition. If a doctor fails to investigate further, not only could the wrong treatment be prescribed, but the patient's kidney function could continue to deteriorate.

Other symptoms such as blood in the urine, vomiting and nausea can also be indicators of kidney problems, but they can also be misdiagnosed as another condition. If a doctor fails to take the time to make sure that there is not some larger issue at play, such as kidney disease -- which is a progressive disease -- or a sudden loss of kidney function, it could be too late for the patient when the correct diagnosis is finally made. Doctors are often busy, but that does not mean that they can rush through examinations, which could cause them to make diagnoses without all of the facts. Furthermore, tests that would reveal the correct diagnoses might not be ordered.

If a doctor's failure to diagnose your -- or a family member's -- kidney failure resulted in serious injuries or death, it could be medical malpractice. It might be in your best interest to contact an attorney. After a review of the facts in your case, a course of action will be proposed. If it is proved that the care received was not up to accepted medical standards, an Oregon court might award damages that could help with the financial burdens imposed on you and your family due to a misdiagnosis.

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