If you or a loved one has suffered an aneurysm, it may have occurred because of a failure to timely are properly diagnose a weakened blood vessel. When a person has an aneurysm it is a very serious medical condition and if you are wondering whether your aneurysm happens as a result of aneurysm medical malpractice contact the Strong Law Firm today. for years, the Strong Law Firm has been very proactive in helping injured persons receive monetary compensation for their injuries. Aneurysms happen to thousands of Americans each year and some are the direct result of Aneurysms medical malpractice. Often in circumstances where doctors could have made a timely diagnosis and prevented the impact of the aneurysm on the person’s brain.
What is an Aneurysm?
Any blood vessel that develops a bulge is considered to be an aneurysm. A brain aneurysm occurs from such a bulge within blood vessels of the brain – typically on a weak spot in an artery. Brain aneurysms are a weakness in an artery wall or blood vessel that provides blood to the brain. As the artery wall weakens, possibly due to disease, injury or a birth defect, it begins to bulge and stretch, much like a balloon. The resulting thinned wall can rupture, causing bleeding, also known as a stroke, inside the skull cavity resulting in severe headache and potentially life-threatening increase in pressure.
Symptoms of an Aneurysm
Symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm include: dilated pupils, headache, double vision pain above or directly behind the eye, and cranial nerve palsy. Additionally symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and/or loss of sensation are commonly associated with an Aneurysm.
Brain aneurysms can be treated. How they are treated depends on when they are identified or diagnosed. Where a bleeding aneurysm is misdiagnosed, or goes undiagnosed, it can cause extensive brain damage, paralysis, coma, or death.
Failure to Diagnose Aneurysm
When a patient demonstrates symptoms of an Aneurysm a doctor is supposed to order a CT scan to investigate the possibility. If the CT scan reveals an indicator of subarachnoid hemorrhage, an aneurysm is the appropriate diagnosis. A negative CT scan can still lead to an Aneurysm if a ruptured cerebral artery remains suspected. In this instance, a lumbar puncture should be ordered by the attending doctor for detecting the presence of blood in the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
After operation and treatment of an aneurysm you still may be at risk. Until the aneurysm is safely and completely treated, there’s always the risk it may re-bleed and cause additional brain damage. If normal blood vessels are damaged, it could also result in more brain damage. This could cause weakness or paralysis of the arm or leg, difficulty with speech or understanding, vision loss, confusion, loss of memory and/or seizures. There is also the risk of the anesthesia, infection, bleeding, damage to the kidneys from the X-ray dye and other potential problems. All these risks need to be carefully considered when deciding on a course of treatment. If the aneurysm isn’t treated, it may bleed or grow in size.