Pulmonary embolisms are extremely common and often lethal. A competent doctor should be able to quickly identify them, and proceed accordingly. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot comes loose and travels through the bloodstream, eventually settling and obstructing blood flow to or from the lungs. This type of blood clot can block the exchange of gases necessary for survival.
If you have lost a loved one due to a pulmonary embolism that went undetected, please call the Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys at Richards & Richards, LLP, today. Our trained staff can quickly review the medical records to determine if a mistake has been made.
Possible Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism
There are several symptoms that typically lead to a pulmonary embolism diagnosis. They may include a sudden shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest pain or tightness, a bad cough, coughing up blood, swelling, leg pain, dizziness and sometimes loss of consciousness - all of which can lead to death. The most common cause of pulmonary embolism is a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), in which a blood clot blocks a deep vein, often in the arm or leg. Sometimes cancer treatments cause pulmonary embolisms or DVTs. Other causes include obesity, pregnancy, trauma, or being immobilized after surgery.
Any time a person has be immobilized for a period of time, there can be a risk for a pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately we have seen cases where someone was diagnosed with anxiety because no one looked for a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is common in all age groups.
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Doctors Must Be On Guard for Dangerous Pulmonary Embolisms
If doctors have even a suspicion that a pulmonary embolism has occurred, they can conduct a range of simple blood tests, lung screenings, or other scans. Sadly, misdiagnosis and doctor negligence are all too common in Pennsylvania, and pulmonary embolisms often go untreated. People are often discharged from the hospital with one or all of the symptoms associated with a pulmonary embolism, and the results of such misdiagnosis can be serious and even fatal.
If you or a loved one has suffered from pulmonary embolism misdiagnosis and were not properly screened for DVT, or were discharged from the hospital after presenting with any of the above symptoms, you need to consult with a Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer today to see if you have a case.
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