When waste products form crystals in the kidneys, these crystals can build up and form hard lumps known as nephrolithiasis or kidney stones. Whilst small kidney stones may be passed painlessly in the urine or may go undetected, larger stones commonly block the ureter or urethra, causing severe pain in the abdomen or groin as well as urinary tract infection. Kidney stones are fairly common amongst those aged 30 to 60 and an increased risk is likely for those taking certain types of medication or anyone not drinking enough fluid. Larger kidney stones may need to be surgically removed or broken up with ultrasound/x-rays in hospital. Symptoms of kidney stones can include:
- Needing to urinate more frequently
- Pain when urinating
- Intense pain in the abdomen or groin
- Persistent lower back ache
If a kidney stone blocks the ureter, this could cause a kidney infection, with symptoms including shivering, chills, high temperature, diarrhoea and feelings of tiredness and weakness. Kidney infections require prompt treatment with antibiotics. Failure to diagnose kidney stones could lead to kidney infection and serious illness including blood poisoning or an abscess in the kidney.
Have you experienced kidney stones?
Painful kidney stones can make your life miserable, but you like to think that when you visit your GP, you’ll receive a prompt diagnosis and treatment, if required. When this doesn’t happen, it’s normal to feel upset and frustrated, and if your GP fails to diagnose kidney stones, this could be classed as medical negligence. If you have been left seriously ill after a failed diagnosis, or have needed to take time off work to recover, contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you have been a victim of clinical negligence, and whether you could be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering.
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Not all personal injury lawyers are created equal, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, we strive to offer the very best service to all our customers. Whether you have suffered after failure to diagnose kidney stones or have been injured during a surgical procedure, our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to help. Call us today on our free helpline – 0800 689 0500 – and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Or head for our website to take the 30-second test, which will give you an idea of how much compensation you could claim.