Pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition which affects the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries in women. As it does not always produce symptoms, it is unclear just how many women are affected by the disease in the UK. Those affected are mostly between the ages of 15 and 24 and are sexually active. The disease may produce symptoms of pain around the lower abdomen, pain during intercourse felt in the pelvic region, bleeding between periods, pain during urination and unusual discharge. Some may have a high fever, nausea and vomiting and severe lower abdominal pain but other women may produce very mild symptoms or none at all. The disease is normally caused by a bacterial infection, either from bacteria found naturally in the genital tract or by an infection such as an STI. The disease is usually detected by a swab and is treated with a course of antibiotics. However, there may be complications if the disease goes undetected for a long period of time. If there is a failure to diagnose pelvic inflammatory disease then a patient may suffer these complications which could cause long term effects.
Complications of undetected PID
The disease may cause scarring and narrowing of the fallopian tubes if undetected for a long period of time. This may increase a patient’s chances of having an ectopic pregnancy due to the difficulty an egg will have travelling from the ovaries to the womb. Some women can become infertile. As some women have no symptoms, the disease may go undetected for a long period of time. However, if a woman produces symptoms and has not been tested for PID, then negligence may have occurred. The failure to diagnose pelvic inflammatory disease may result in long-term complications like infertility therefore a patient may wish to claim compensation where there is evidence of negligence.
How to make your claim
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you should you wish to make a compensation claim when there is evidence of medical negligence. If your illness was allowed to progress despite your insistence that something was wrong, then you may have been a victim of medical negligence. Call our 24-hour helpline to discuss your case with our experts and we can determine how likely your case is to be successful. Should you have suffered financial difficulties, we offer a no win, no fee* policy to ensure that you can only benefit from claiming with us.