A ruptured bowel is extremely serious and the repercussions of it can be long lasting. If your ruptured bowel is then misdiagnosed, the consequences can be even more far reaching.
How could a ruptured bowel be missed?
Sometimes during an operation a mistake can be made, and your bowel could be ruptured. It is also possible that the rupture is not spotted during your operation and you may suffer some very serious symptoms as a result.
Alternatively, if you have an undiagnosed condition such as Crohns Disease or Diverticulitis your bowel could rupture but be missed because the medical professional who treats you may not connect your symptoms with a ruptured bowel. Again, your symptoms could be extremely serious.
Symptoms of a ruptured bowel
The symptoms you may suffer from if you have a ruptured bowel are:
• High temperature
• Severe abdominal pain
• Severe vomiting
These symptoms can indicate a much less serious condition than that of a perforated or ruptured bowel, which is why misdiagnosis can occur.
Treatment of a ruptured bowel
Surgery is almost always required to repair a perforated bowel and also to flush out the abdomen to ensure that any faeces is flushed out. Antibiotics will need to be taken to try to avoid peritonitis, a serious side effect of a rupture. In serious ruptures, there may need to be a colostomy, a bag fitted to the outside of the body to remove waste from the bowel. This is normally temporary and further surgery will be needed to repair the bowel once it has had time to heal.
Making a medical negligence claim for missed bowel rupture
We have a team of experienced medical negligence solicitors waiting to help you understand your legal position. We will make sure that you understand every step of the claims process and explain things without using jargon.
There are a number of funding options open to you and we will explain these in detail to you and advise you on which one will give you the best outcome.
We offer a free consultation to help you to decide if you would like to make a claim for medical negligence but you are under no obligation to take it any further. This also gives you the opportunity to decide if you would like us to represent you.