Brain Aneurysm Misdiagnosis: A Hidden Problem

04/22/2014 // Jonathan C. Reiter (Press Release) // Jonathan C. Reiter // (press release)
A brain aneurysm is one of the most dangerous medical conditions an individual can be faced with.

What is a brain aneurysm?

“A brain (cerebral) aneurysm is a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain… When a brain aneurysm ruptures, the result is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Depending on the severity of the hemorrhage, brain damage or death may result.”

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There are a number of symptoms that are associated with this serious medical issue including severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, speech problems, and problems with one’s vision. Diagnosing a brain aneurysm involves running a series of diagnostic tests and available treatment options vary depending on several factors.

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Treatment depends on the size and location of the aneurysm, whether it is infected, and whether it has burst. If a brain aneurysm bursts, symptoms can include a sudden, severe headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, loss of consciousness, and signs of a stroke. Any of these symptoms requires immediate medical attention.

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The chances of surviving a brain aneurysm may be higher if a patient is diagnosed in a timely manner, prior to it leaking or rupturing. Statistics show that over 70 percent of patients whose brain aneurysms were misdiagnosed were not administered the proper tests. Approximately 25 percent of patients who experience a ruptured brain aneurysm were misdiagnosed despite showing common symptoms. Thousands of patients suffer brain hemorrhages or die as a result of a failure to perform necessary tests, delayed treatment, misinterpretation of test results, and misdiagnoses each year.

When a patient seeks medical attention for brain aneurysm symptoms, but is delivered a less than standard level of care, the outcome can be tragic. Risk of permanent brain damage or death increases the longer needed medical attention is delayed.

The New York medical malpractice lawyer Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter can help those who have suffered as a result of a brain aneurysm misdiagnosis or other act of medical negligence understand their legal options for holding medical care providers responsible. Individuals who have questions about their rights under New York medical malpractice lawyer can contact the law firm today for a free case review.

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