Diverticulitis is a common digestive condition which affects both men and women equally. The condition affects the colon (large intestine) and causes the diverticula (small bulges) which develop on the colon lining to become infected or inflamed.
It’s estimated that half of people will develop diverticula by the time they are 50, and if bacteria becomes trapped in the bulges, this could cause diverticulitis. Symptoms can include:
- Severe abdominal pain
- High temperature of 38 degrees or above
- Rectal bleeding
The condition needs to be treated straight away with antibiotics, so it is important to see your GP as soon as symptoms appear. Failure to diagnose diverticulitis could lead to the development of complications and you may need hospital treatment. Most cases are treated successfully with antibiotics. Complications affect one in five people with diverticulitis and could include:
- Abscess in the colon
- Intestinal obstruction
Failure to diagnose diverticulitis could have serious consequences as many of the above complications re life-threatening.
Have you been affected by medical negligence?
Failing to diagnose diverticulitis or any medical condition could be classed as medical negligence; doctors and other medical professionals have standards they must meet, and if you have received sub-standard medical treatment, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
If you are not properly diagnosed, you may suffer from symptoms which could have been alleviated with treatment, or you may be forced to take time off work and suffer loss of earnings. In some cases, failure to diagnose diverticulitis could lead to the development of life-threatening complications.
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Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown