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Incorrect Diagnosis of Vaginal Tears

Incorrect Diagnosis of Vaginal Tears

A tear around the area of the vagina during childbirth needs to be accurately diagnosed in order to avoid long-term bowel problems.

Vaginal and perineal tears in childbirth

Vaginal or perineal tears often occur as a baby is being born through the vagina. The pressure on the surrounding skin and muscle causes a tear to develop. This may be a small tear which repairs quickly or it may spread across the perineum, causing a severe injury.

It is essential that the extent and nature of the tear is correctly classified so that the new mother undergoes the appropriate type of repair.

Tears which extend across the perineum and damage the muscles of the bowel, the anal sphincter, are the most serious forms of birth tear. They must be repaired by a surgeon in an operating theatre promptly after the baby's birth in order to ensure that the mother does not lose control of her bowel.

Severe birth tears

Severe birth tears are also referred to as 3rd or 4th degree tears.

Third degree tears damage the anal sphincter muscles. They may affect only the external anal sphincter or, in more severe cases, they can damage both the external and internal muscles.

A fourth degree tear will also damage the internal lining of the anal canal. This is the most severe form of birth tear and requires expert attention.

An incorrect, or negligent, diagnosis of a birth tear can be life-changing.

If a third or fourth degree tear is not repaired promptly and effectively, the woman affected by this shocking injury may lose control of her bowel function, becoming incontinent of both wind and faeces. She may even require a stoma to provide bowel function for her.

Compensation for medical negligence

The practical and emotional impact of these types of injury can be dramatic. Affecting both their self-esteem and their ability to leave the house, many women find that their ability to work is severely limited but such injuries and their income suffers as a result.

If this appalling outcome has happened to you, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation which can help you to cope with the financial and practical fall-out of your undiagnosed injury.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are struggling with the distressing and disabling impact of an undiagnosed severe birth tear, contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

We have supported many women who have suffered the shocking impact of such a scenario and one of our team of expert lawyers will be very happy to help you.

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