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Hydrocephalus Diagnosis Negligence Compensation

A delay in diagnosing and treating hydrocephalus can prove catastrophic, rendering the patient disabled and in need of significant support. It may be regarded as negligent and justify a claim for compensation.

Why is hydrocephalus so destructive

The human brain, our fundamental operating system, is protected, nourished and cleansed within the skull by the cerebrospinal fluid which surrounds it. Produced within the brain, CSF provides a cushion against damage for this vital organ.

Maintaining the optimum amount of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain is, understandably, crucial.

The human body provides its own production and removal system for CSF but, when this goes wrong, it is essential that the nature of the problem is promptly and accurately diagnosed in order to provide treatment.

If too much CSF builds up around the brain, the pressure on the brain can increase to the point where the individual suffers what can be permanent brain damage.

The impact of the increased pressure can cause an array of disabling symptoms including cognitive problems, speech and visual difficulties as well as epilepsy and coordination problems.

Diagnosis and treatment of hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus can be treated with the insertion of a shunt into the brain which serves to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid. However, it is necessary that the problem is diagnosed and treated promptly before damage to the brain begins to occur.

For this to happen requires medical professionals to recognise and suspect the true cause of the patient's symptoms.

Often associated with babies, hydrocephalus can also occur in adults and symptoms which might suggest that a patient is suffering from hydrocephalus could include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Problems with vision
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Confusion

An individual who may be developing hydrocephalus is likely to require a scan, either a CT scan or an MRI scan, to assess the cause of their symptoms. A misdiagnosis or a failure to consider the significance of the patient's symptoms may mean that this vital investigation is delayed, leaving the patient vulnerable to further deterioration and loss of brain function.

Medical negligence

Medical professionals responsible for the patient's treatment may be regarded as negligent if they do not respond appropriately to the possible implications of the patient's symptoms.

If a patient suffers long-term disability due to such poor-quality care, it may be suitable to make a claim for compensation.

Speak to a specialist solicitor

If you or a loved one are struggling with the shocking permanent impact of hydrocephalus due to delays in diagnosis, contact Glynns Solicitors.

We are a specialist medical negligence legal practice and one of our team of experienced solicitors will be very happy to discuss your situation with you.

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