Failure to diagnose sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is sometimes called SCD for short. It refers to a number of blood disorders that are caused by a change in the haemoglobin in red type of blood cells in the body. The name of the disease comes from the fact that the red blood cells in an affected person’s body are changed in shape to look like a sickle. This is a crescent shape.

The disorder is a serious one and it tends to become known during childhood. It is also most common among people who are African or Caribbean in descent. The disease can run in families and it is also possible to carry the gene that causes the disease without having it yourself. In this case you may pass that gene on to your children.

Symptoms of an episode of sickle cell anaemia can be severe. This is one of the more common types of sickle cell disease that can occur. It produces pains in the ribs, spine, breastbone and other bones in the body. This is called sickle cell crisis and it can be very painful. If a failure to diagnose sickle cell disease was to occur, it would mean that appropriate treatment through a specialist team could not be given.

How would your life progress if there was a failure to diagnose sickle cell disease?

It should be noted that a failure to diagnose sickle cell disease is very rare, thankfully. However if it was to happen it could lead to more frequently occurring episodes of sickle cell crisis – episodes that could lead to the individual being admitted to hospital. It would certainly be impossible to live a normal life during one of these episodes. It would further be impossible to receive appropriate treatment unless and until a proper diagnosis was made.

Don’t worry alone – speak to our professional injury compensation lawyers today

Here at Accident Advice Helpline we are in a good position to assess your case and determine whether you could bring a no win, no fee* case against the medical professionals involved in your case. While misdiagnosis is rare, it can sometimes happen. That’s why we are determined to make sure you can get professional no-obligation advice from us just when you need it. Providing it is less than three years since your misdiagnosis, you can get in touch with us today to find out more. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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