Polyhydramnios is a condition that affects pregnant women. Essentially, it’s an excessive accumulation of amniotic fluid, which is the liquid that surrounds the baby in the uterus. This condition occurs in about one to two percent of pregnancies. The severity of polyhydramnios varies from mild cases that only require monitoring and may go away on their own, to severe cases, which require treatment and may cause complications to mother and baby. When these cases are not diagnosed and treated promptly, it may be considered medical negligence, and a medical professional may be found to be at fault.
The symptoms of polyhydramnios usually result from the extra pressure inside the uterus and on surrounding organs of the mother. With mild cases, there may be few (if any) symptoms. With severe cases, symptoms to look for include:
Doctors may also suspect polyhydramnios if the uterus is larger than it should be based on the age of the pregnancy or if he or she has difficulty feeling the baby.
Like many conditions that affect pregnant women, the causes of polyhydramnios often can’t be identified. Moreover, it can have multiple causes. Most of the amniotic fluid comes from the mother during the first half of the pregnancy, while it comes from the baby’s urine during the second half. Polyhydramnios is frequently caused by conditions that cause the baby to produce larger amounts of urine than normal.
Common causes of polyhydramnios include:
When an expectant mother shows any signs or symptoms of polyhydramnios, it’s crucial that her condition is investigated promptly. When it is diagnosed early, polyhydramnios is often easily treated with no serious or long-term complications. Problems arise when the condition isn’t promptly diagnosed and treated. When that happens, complications can affect the baby.
There are many complications of polyhydramnios that can affect the baby if the condition isn’t treated promptly and properly. Some of those include:
When birth injuries occur to babies due to undiagnosed (or to a delayed diagnosis) polyhydramnios, it can result in significant losses for parents and family. Some of those losses include:
Proving negligence in polyhydramnios cases can be complicated and it requires the extensive legal and medical knowledge of expert attorneys and doctors. If you or your child has suffered injuries due to the complications associated with polyhydramnios, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for your financial and emotional damages through a polyhydramnios lawsuit.
At Ross Feller Casey, we have experienced birth injury attorneys and medical doctors on staff to review your case, and an unmatched, winning track record with these types of cases. Please contact us to schedule your appointment for a free evaluation of your case.
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