If treatment has been delayed by misdiagnosis this can lead to serious complications caused by diabetes. Diabetes misdiagnosis is unfortunately quite common and the effects of misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can be serious and life changing. Diabetes, if left untreated, can leave you with lifelong disability and can even cause fatalities in very serious cases.
Diabetes can be misdiagnosed as:
- Fatigue/ chronic fatigue syndrome
- Cushings Disease
- Viral infections
- Sinus Infections
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
Delayed treatment and referral
Once diabetes has been diagnosed it is also essential that the correct treatment is carried out immediately or unnecessary damage can occur. If you have experienced poor care or management of type 1 or type 2 diabetes then you may have developed serious side-effects. Complications include:
Some complications caused by misdiagnosis and delayed treatment:
- Heart attack and strokes – properties in the blood can lead to increased clot formation, increasing the risk of coronary artery disease, a heart attack or stroke.
- Kidney disease and failure – if the blood vessels in kidneys become blocked, the kidneys work less efficiently. In severe cases this can lead to kidney failure.
- Nerve damage – poor blood sugar control can lead to diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) which mainly affects the legs and feet.
- Blindness – diabetic retinopathy can be caused by high blood sugar levels which damage the retina. If left undiagnosed and untreated it can cause blurred vision or blindness.
- Amputations – failure to diagnose or understand the severity of infection and/or gangrene can often result in limb loss.
- Undiagnosed bone fractures – individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of osteoporosis and fracture owing to multiple factors.
- Miscarriage and stillbirth – women with diabetes have an increased risk of miscarriage or stillbirth. Glucose levels have to be very carefully controlled during pregnancy.
These complications can be avoidable and are usually due to a lack of care from medical professionals. If you feel you have experienced negligent treatment or management of your condition, call our specialist solicitors on 020 3510 0205 to discuss your claim.