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Medical malpractice law surrounding GI issues

Residents of Ohio who experience gastrointestinal issues may be more likely to have misdiagnosed diseases. This potential for misdiagnosed disorders is largely due to the fact that several GI issues share the same symptoms. In addition to overlapping symptoms, many patients have multiple GI diseases at the same time.

Inflammatory bowel disease

You may have heard of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, in commercials advertising medications used to treat the disorder. Patients with IBD generally present with the following symptoms:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain

Inflammatory bowel syndrome

Many people incorrectly use IBD and IBS interchangeably. While the disorders do present with some of the same symptoms, IBS is a different disease that causes your colon to contract too often due to your system being overly sensitive to gas. IBS symptoms include:

  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Alternations between diarrhea and constipation
  • Bloating
  • Severe abdominal pain

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a GI disorder that is rare for patients under the age of 30 but is very common in patients over 60. Diverticulitis is a disorder where tiny pockets form in weak spots in the lower part of the large intestines. Symptoms of diverticulitis include:

  • Tenderness in the lower abdomen
  • Colon obstruction
  • Bleeding
  • Severe cramping

Ischemic colitis

Ischemic colitis is a disorder where the arteries that go to the large intestines become obstructed. This causes a lack of oxygen to the digestive system. Ischemic colitis symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding

If you received a diagnosis with any of these disorders and the diagnosis was incorrect, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the harm you suffered due to a doctor’s mistake. Finding an attorney who is well-versed in medical malpractice law may be helpful in recovering the damages owed to you.