Cystic fibrosis is a condition that produces a number of symptoms. The most familiar one for many people will be the presence of mucus in the lungs. Sufferers tend to cough a lot to try and get rid of the mucus. The lungs will be inflamed oftentimes, and infections tend to occur more frequently in people with this condition.
It is horrible to think that a failure to diagnose cystic fibrosis could even occur. It is a rarity but as with all medical conditions and their symptoms there is the possibility of a misdiagnosis. Since there are many symptoms of this condition it is important to relate every single one of them to a medical professional if you suspect you or your child might have cystic fibrosis. Indeed, the condition is usually diagnosed early on in life, as there are a number of signs that can identify the condition at an early stage. Screening is now done as a matter of normalcy, so in many cases the condition can be identified long before symptoms of any kind appear. This is reassuring for many parents who wish to know their child is healthy.
What effect does cystic fibrosis have on your quality of life?
This is a genetic condition and the sooner it is diagnosed the sooner the afflicted individual can receive appropriate treatment. Symptoms can vary between individuals and some will experience far worse symptoms than others. However there are treatments for this condition so a fast diagnosis can help matters. A failure to diagnose cystic fibrosis is therefore quite serious because the condition can worsen before it is discovered and officially diagnosed. Fortunately such misdiagnoses are rare but there is the potential for this type of hazard to occur.
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If you’ve received a late diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and you think it could potentially have been diagnosed earlier, it’s worth contacting us on our free 24/7 enquiry line today on 0800 689 0500. We have experience in dealing with many medical negligence cases and we may be able to support you through a no win, no fee* claim to get compensation. It couldn’t be easier to seek our no-obligation advice, and our 30-second online test will give you the fast answers you need. It takes just a few moments to start getting some answers with our help.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim