Anaemia is a disorder which affects the blood and causes symptoms of tiredness and shortness of breath. Sufferers can also experience heart palpitations or heart problems in more severe cases, or if the disorder is undiagnosed.
The condition occurs when the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to the organs, either because the sufferer has a low red blood cell count or because the blood cells are low in a protein called haemoglobin. This protein helps the blood cells carry the oxygen to the vital organs, including the heart.
There are various types of anaemia, the most common being iron deficiency anaemia, which occurs when the diet is lacking in iron. The body requires this nutrient to make red blood cells and, without it, the production of cells slows down. This means that the body cannot carry enough oxygen as there are not enough cells present to do the job.
Other kinds of anaemia include vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia, sickle cell anaemia and folate deficiency anaemia. The result is the same — the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to the organs. If you have suffered a failure to diagnose anaemia, you may suffer complications of the disorder.
Complications of anaemia
A failure to diagnose anaemia can lead to complications due to the lack of oxygen supply to the organs. This includes the heart and lungs, which could both be affected in the long-term. This could affect your lifestyle as well as your ability to carry out strenuous activities or exercise.
You may be given a blood test if your doctor suspects anaemia and you may also be sent to a haematologist for further examination. However, in rare cases you may experience a failure to diagnose anaemia. This could be because you were not sent for blood tests or were not referred to a specialist for treatment.
Compensation for medical negligence
You can call Accident Advice Helpline should you suffer a failure to diagnose anaemia or another disorder. Where there is evidence that your medical professional exhibited negligence by failing to make a correct diagnosis or examine you thoroughly, you may be entitled to compensation. We can represent you should you choose to go ahead and make your claim with us. Just call our free 24-hour helpline to discuss your case with an advisor or take our 30-second test online to determine how successful your case could be.
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