Like many other medical conditions that threaten a patient’s health, spinal epidural abscess is something that requires a prompt and accurate diagnosis. Doctors must take every necessary precaution to ensure their patients understand what health problems they have and how to treat it.
Without an accurate diagnosis, a whole new set of challenges arises, and the problem worsens.
Why is it so crucial for doctors to provide a diagnosis quickly? What happens if the doctor waits, misses the correct diagnosis, or diagnoses an incorrect position? No matter the exact answer to those questions, it’s the patient who suffers.
Failure to Diagnose Spinal Epidural Abscess
Because of the pain, fever, and risk of infection associated with spinal epidural abscess, doctors must perform the necessary tests to ensure patients receive the correct diagnosis. Accurate diagnosis allows doctors to begin treating the problem.
For instance, the doctor may prescribe spinal epidural abscess patients with antibiotics or perform surgery to drain excess pus from the infected area. However, if the doctor incorrectly diagnoses the problem, the patient goes without these treatment options. The symptoms can worsen and cause significant pain.
One of the biggest concerns regarding spinal epidural abscess is the mortality rate. Over the past several decades, mortality rates for this condition have remained at about 14%.
The cause? Delay in treatment.
Doctors must identify severe conditions like spinal epidural abscess quickly to start treatment. When they don’t, they are negligent in their duty of care, and those who suffer harm can file medical malpractice claims for the damages. Doctors must also follow up on patients for months following the completion of antibiotics or surgery. Patients who recover can still experience spinal instability.
At Brown & Barron, we have significant experience representing people who suffer because of a doctor’s misdiagnosis. Our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers can work with clients to protect their rights and pursue justice on their behalf.