Failure to diagnose kidney failure

If you have kidney failure which failed to be diagnosed by the medical practitioners involved, we can support you to make a claim for medical negligence. 

What are the Symptoms and Signs of Kidney Disease?

Symptoms brought on by deteriorating kidney function can be quite general or alternatively can be specific to the type of kidney disease that a patient is suffering from. More often than not it can be a combination of the two.

General symptoms

  • Tiredness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle cramps

Specific symptoms

  • Pain in the area of the kidneys (ie lower back; either side of the vertebral column)
  • Blood in the urine
  • Swelling of the face and/or feet

The above lists identify the most commonly displayed symptoms of kidney disease that the patient can see and/or feel. However, what about when you go to see your GP and a specimen of blood is taken and sent away for testing in a laboratory. What should your GP particularly then be looking out for in the test results?

Raised sodium or potassium levels: One of the kidneys’ functions is to maintain the right amount of these so called “electrolytes” in your blood stream. If, therefore, your blood test indicates that the levels are higher than would be considered normal, this indicates that you may have a kidney problem.

Raised Urea levels: Urea is the name given to the substance produced when the body breaks down protein from the food that we eat. Given that one of the most important functions of the kidney is to process urea, if the urea levels in your blood are shown to be high, this is another indicator that your kidneys are not doing their job properly. Further investigations should then be arranged by your treating doctor.

Your GP should also be concerned with blood pressure, especially where there is a suggestion (eg from the presence of any of the above symptoms and signs) of kidney disease. High blood pressure is another indicator of potential kidney disease.

The longer that high blood pressure goes untreated (perhaps as a result of a failure by your treating doctor to recognise the problem) then the greater the risk of further damage to the kidneys being caused.

A significant delay in the treatment of kidney disease by your treating doctors when faced with a combination of the above symptoms is likely to represent negligent medical treatment.

Please contact our medical negligence team if you have any questions  or if you believe that you or a loved one has suffered as a result of negligent medical advice.  

For more information or to speak to one of our friendly team for your free initial consultation, please call 0117 239 8012 or complete our online enquiry form.

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