Girl Dies after Misdiagnosis of Bacterial Infection

A 13 year old girl died after her doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat her for an infection. The teen and her parents were vacationing when the she become ill with symptoms that included vomiting. The doctor improperly diagnosed her with Norovirus, a bug that often causes an upset stomach. After her condition worsened her parents rushed her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with TSS, toxic shock syndrome. She died within a week.

TSS Can Be Misdiagnosed

TSS is a very serious bacterial infection that is linked to the use of tampons. The infection was brought into the public eye in the 1980’s and though rare, is still a threat. If left untreated, it can progress quickly into sepsis. The prognosis once the infection has progressed is often bleak. You can recover from TSS, however, the diagnosis and treatment must be made quickly. Most importantly, a swift and vigorous treatment is imperative to try to stop the infection from worsening. Misdiagnosis can be deadly. Unlike some illnesses, TSS can take over the body very fast and has serious consequences.

Treating TSS

TSS is a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections can generally be successfully treated with a strong course of antibiotics. TSS is somewhat rare and is often caused by prolonged tampon use. The symptoms can be similar to other illnesses so it is important for the physician to properly diagnose it. The symptoms may include the sudden onset of a fever of over 102 degrees, vomiting, muscle aches, low blood pressure, and a red rash over the body. You may not have all of the symptoms, especially at first. The only way to know for certain that an infection is present is with cultures or a blood test. If you suspect possible TSS you should seek medical attention immediately, to be tested and treated.

Misdiagnosis of TSS

The misdiagnosis of TSS can be a deadly mistake. The infection can progress rapidly, quickly shutting down the body’s vital organs. If a doctor incorrectly evaluates and mistreats TSS the results may be fatal. If the patient survives it is likely that extensive treatment will be required, including possible organ transplant. If you or a loved one experience the symptoms that are consistent with TSS it is imperative that the doctor take the necessary steps to ensure correct treatment. If an incorrect diagnosis is made it is a form of medical malpractice.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or medical professional acts in a negligent manner. If you are the victim of medical malpractice from misdiagnosis it is important to speak with a qualified malpractice attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to recover money for medical expenses, future treatment costs, and pain and suffering. Some corrective action may be taken against the physician to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. Contact the experienced malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.

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