Illinois doctor sued for failure to diagnose meningitis

A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois doctor in the wrongful death of a 16 year old patient due to a failure to diagnose meningitis. The teen was first seen by the doctor when the teen came to the emergency room complaining of migraines. Sent home with pain killers, the teen continued to suffer severe headaches two days later. In addition, the teen also suffered from fever and and a decreased appetite. After blood tests and CT, the teen was admitted with a diagnosis of sinusitis. At that point, the teen began to experience stiffness in his neck, in addition to his previous symptoms of severe headache, fever, and a decreased appetite.

Four days after his first visit to the emergency room, a different doctor examined the teen and had him immediately transferred to a different hospital. One day later, the teen died of acute bacterial meningitis and related periventriculitis.

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