Accurate Diagnosis Can Mitigate The Effects Of Kidney Disease

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The kidneys are essential to good health. When your kidneys are not functioning properly, you are at risk for additional health problems such as nerve damage, heart failure, bone disease and infertility.

Accurate and early diagnosis can often reduce and sometimes even reverse the consequences of kidney failure. In other cases, early diagnosis, the right medication and proper treatment can keep the disease in a chronic, but manageable phase, so it does not progress to end-stage kidney failure. For every kidney failure patient, an early and accurate diagnosis is essential.

Kidney Disease Symptoms

Those with kidney disease may have dangerously high blood pressure. They may see some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Discolored urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Swelling of the hands and ankles
  • Dangerously high blood pressure
  • Foamy urine

Doctors have several 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 (blood urea nitrogen). (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.

When you tell or show your doctor that you are suffering the symptoms of kidney failure, failing to test for it is medical negligence. General practitioners are generally not trained or equipped to treat kidney disease, so when tests indicate kidney abnormalities, failing to refer the patient to a kidney specialist may also be medical negligence. Kidney doctors — nephrologists — test and treat most of their patients on the basis of referrals from general practitioners.

Was Your Kidney Disease Diagnosis Delayed By Lack Of Testing Or Referral?

Cases involving a failure to diagnose or medical mistakes and errors that lead to renal failure are unique. Therefore, it's important that you trust your case to a team of attorneys who have the experience to determine liability, file a lawsuit and oversee litigation to obtain needed compensation.

We have been representing kidney disease patients for more than 25 years and you can read some of our case results here. 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 settlements.

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. Schedule a free consultation by calling 786-401-4706 or contact us by email.