A team of Australian scientists recently made an important discovery regarding the pregnancy-related disease pre-eclampsia. The doctors conducted a medical study of women who suffered from pre-eclampsia and found that the infants they carried had significantly smaller thymuses than babies whose mothers had no serious pregnancy complications. The thymus is a gland that helps develop children’s immune systems.
The study’s findings are promising because they reveal a way for doctors to identify mothers at high risk of pre-eclampsia before they suffer any symptoms. The dangerous condition usually strikes women in their third trimesters without warning.
Any inroads on the early diagnosis and treatment of pre-eclampsia are remarkable. The condition is potentially fatal to both the mother and infant, especially when a physician fails to diagnose the disease in timely fashion. A failed or delayed diagnosis can cause the mother to suffer HELLP syndrome – a severe form of pre-eclampsia that raises the chance of harm to the mother and baby.
Babies who endure pre-eclampsia are more likely to suffer:
- Cerebral palsy
- Vision and hearing problems
- Wrongful death
If you or your spouse suffered from a doctor’s failure to timely diagnose pre-eclampsia, you may be able to recover compensation for any resulting harm. Contact an experienced Ohio medical error attorney to discuss your legal options.
Source: News-Medical.net, “New clue to predicting pre-eclampsia, the most common and severe pregnancy-related disease,” May 9, 2012