Some New York residents may suffer from a condition known as Meckel’s diverticulum. This occurs when a small sac develops in the intestinal wall where it may obstruct the intestines. Symptoms include vomiting, pain, abdominal cramps and possibly bleeding, but it can be difficult to diagnose because these are the symptoms of many other conditions as well. It is sometimes misdiagnosed as appendicitis and discovered when surgery is being done for appendicitis.
There are a number of medical tests that can be done to detect the condition. For patients who have vomiting and signs of blockage, a barium enema may be given to assist the visualization of organs in an X-ray and detect the abnormality. A technetium scan, also known as Meckel’s scan, involves using an IV to put technetium into the blood so that the stomach will absorb it and make it possible to view the Meckel’s diverticulum with an X-ray.
A colonoscopy places a camera into the rectum to check for issues such as blocks while a wireless capsule endoscopy involves swallowing the camera. A CT scan can also be used to detect the condition.
In some cases, even after these tests, the condition might be misdiagnosed if a medical professional reads the tests wrong. Misread test results may delay treatment or result in a person receiving the wrong treatment, resulting in a worsened medical condition and the need for additional and expensive medical care and treatment. Patients who have been harmed in such a manner may want to meet with an attorney to see if the negligence of the health care practitioner constituted medical malpractice.