Accurate Diagnosis Can Diminish or Reverse the Effects of Kidney Disease
The kidneys are essential to good health in a number of ways. Diminished kidney function can contribute to or cause heart disease, bone disease, nerve damage, malnutrition, infertility and other health problems.
Diagnosis and treatment in the early stages of kidney disease is vital to improving current health and preventing serious long-term problems, including kidney failure and premature death. In some cases, proper treatment of kidney disease can help the patient remain in a chronic disease stage and never progress to the dangerous phase of end-stage kidney failure. In some cases, proper treatment can even reverse the disease.
Symptoms of Kidney Disease
A person who has kidney disease may have dangerously high blood pressure. They may see some or all of the following visible symptoms:
- Discolored urine
- Blood in urine
- Swelling of the hands and ankles
- Foamy urine
Doctors have a number of tests available to screen for kidney disease, beginning with urine tests for the presence of blood (hematuria) and protein (proteinuria), and blood tests looking for decreased protein, increased creatinine and abnormal BUN. (One form of kidney disease, light chain deposition disease (LCDD), is a blood type cancer that causes kidney disease.) Other tests include blood pressure measurements, glomerular filtration rate tests, MRI, CT scans, 24 hour urine collection and kidney biopsies.
Seeking a Specialist for Kidney Disease
While chronic kidney disease can be discovered in routine physical exams, general practitioners are not well-equipped to deal with kidney disease as are specialists in the area of kidney function. Kidney specialists, better known as nephrologists, see countless patients each year as the result of referrals from general practitioners.
Was Your Kidney Disease Diagnosis Delayed by Lack of Testing or Lack of Referral?
It is reasonable and standard medical care to order tests and to refer a patient to a specialist when those test results come back with abnormalities. Failing to order blood tests when they are warranted is medical negligence.
At the law office of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A, we help people who are suffering from kidney disease because a doctor, clinic or hospital failed to properly test for kidney disease. Our medical malpractice lawyers work to help patients and their families get the financial compensation and medical care they need in kidney malpractice cases.
We have been representing kidney disease patients for more than 25 years. Our in-depth understanding of this specialized area of medicine is valued by our clients and by attorneys around the country who refer patients to us or work with us to help injured people achieve a settlement.
If your doctor failed to properly test for kidney disease or to refer you to a specialist when that was the reasonable thing to do, talk to an attorney to see if you have a case. To schedule a free consultation at our Miami law office, call 786-401-4706, or contact us by e-mail.
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