Polyhydramnios, or excessive accumulation of amniotic fluid, is a condition that affects about one to two percent of pregnancies. While some of the cases of polyhydramnios are mild and go away naturally, some are serious and may cause severe complications for both mother and baby. If polyhydramnios isn’t identified and treated promptly, it may be due to medical malpractice and the doctor or other medical professional may be held liable.
Many cases of polyhydramnios are considered to be mild, as there is only a small amount of excess amniotic fluid. Mild polyhydramnios often occurs in the later stages of pregnancy and seldom causes any significant consequences. There usually aren’t any clinical symptoms associated with this type of polyhydramnios.
When there is a greater amount of excess amniotic fluid, there is a greater risk of complications. Because the volume of amniotic fluid continues to increase with polyhydramnios, the mother’s uterus continues to grow. This creates more pressure than is normal in pregnancy inside the womb and outside of it on the internal organs that are around it.
With moderate to severe cases of polyhydramnios, numerous physical symptoms are noticeable. Some of these include:
Polyhydramnios usually occur later in the pregnancy. However, it can develop as early as about 16 weeks. The earlier that the condition develops, the more potentially concerning and serious it’s likely to be.
In many of the cases of polyhydramnios, the cause isn’t known. In mild cases, it probably just develops gradually throughout the pregnancy. In moderate to severe cases of polyhydramnios, the following conditions could be the cause:
There are some significant risks associated with moderate to severe polyhydramnios. Those risks include:
Some of the above risks may require that the baby be delivered by C-section, which has its own set of risks. Additionally, in the worst cases, polyhydramnios and its complications can result in stillbirth.
Many birth injury cases involve polyhydramnios. However, because measuring amniotic fluid levels isn’t a difficult procedure, there are not many cases that involve a failure to diagnose. Most polyhydramnios birth injury cases involve the condition being diagnosed fairly promptly, but then not managed or treated properly.
Like any other type of medical malpractice case, polyhydramnios claims can be difficult to prove. Understanding this type of medical negligence requires extensive legal and medical knowledge, specifically pertaining to birth injuries. At Ross Feller Casey, we have experienced birth injury attorneys and on-staff doctors to help clients with their serious birth injury claims.
If you or your child is a victim of medical negligence that caused polyhydramnios and subsequent complications, you may be entitled to compensation for the financial and emotional damages you suffered.
Ross Feller Casey has a proven track record in winning these types of cases. Contact our office to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. Our birth injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you will have no out of pocket costs – you only pay when we win or settle your case.
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