Aortic Dissection Medical Malpractice Cases in Minnesota

Delayed Treatment or a Misdiagnosis of an Aortic Dissection Can be Minnesota Medical Malpractice


An aortic dissection is a medical emergency and must be treated promptly.  Any delays can result in a wrongful death.  An aortic dissection is essentially a tear in an artery.  It occurs when there is a tear in the inner layer of the aortic wall which results in bleeding into that wall.  This is why it is so dangerous.  The rest of the body has decreased blood flow and oxygen, while the heart becomes flooded and under pressure.  This makes the heart work harder which can result in a heart attack or stroke.  A patient with an untreated aortic dissection may only survive a few days.


There are three kinds of aortic dissections or aneurysms of the artery.  An ascending aortic tear is in the upper chest and is incredibly dangerous.  It is likely to cause death and presents sudden back pain, high blood pressure, and shoulder/scapula pain.  A descending aortic tear should be treated just as aggressively, but in certain instances it can be managed with control of blood pressure through medication.  An abdominal aortic aneurysm presents different symptoms and gives a patient a better chance of survival.  Yet, failing to timely treat or diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm can result in wrongful death.


General Symptoms of Aortic Dissections


The most common symptoms of an aortic dissection include the following:


  • Chest pain;
  • Left shoulder pain;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Back pain;
  • Extreme headache;
  • Shoulder/scapula pain;
  • Unexplained and perfuse sweating;
  • Sudden pull, tear rip, or grinding sensation in the chest;
  • Sudden and very severe abdominal pain;
  • Shortness of breath for no reason;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Difficult speaking;
  • Leg pain or paralysis;
  • Weak pulse in one arm or thigh when compared with the other;
  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body; and
  • Other possible symptoms.


Proving Liability in an Aortic Dissection Medical Malpractice Case in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota


When an aortic dissection is misdiagnosed and it results in the wrongful death of a patient, defendant doctors will try to claim that an aortic dissection’s symptoms mimic many other symptoms and they did what a reasonably prudent doctor would have done under the circumstances.  This may even begin to sound reasonable to you and an unavoidable catastrophe.


But this is not the case.  There is a clear line of progression that emergency staff should take to rule out other conditions.  The symptoms noted above will likely trigger intervention for a heart attack.  Staff will perform an EGK but find that the EGK is normal.  If the staff sends the patient home at this point with acid reflux, indigestion, or heartburn, it will likely be medical malpractice.


Next, a staff may immediately do a scan to rule out a stroke.  This will also come back normal.  If the staff then sends a patient home with dehydration or heart burn, migraines or other benign conditions, it will likely be medical malpractice.


A staff may then do a scan for a pulmonary embolism.  This will also come back normal.  Again, the discharge of a patient with these symptoms would likely be medical malpractice.


A reasonably healthcare provider should now check for an aortic dissection.  The reason being that the classic and telltale sign of an aortic dissection is one-sided paralysis of the body accompanied with chest pain, one side weak pulse, but negative EGK results.  Once a heart attack and stroke are ruled out, and especially once a pulmonary embolism is ruled out, the diagnosis is clear.


When a defendant healthcare provider fails o make this diagnosis, it is likely going to be medical malpractice in Minnesota because a reasonably prudent physician in similar circumstances would not have made the same misdiagnosis.  This is how a victim of a misdiagnosis can establish liability.


Victims of Aortic Dissection Misdiagnoses Should Call Kuhlman Law, LLC


While not all victims of an aortic dissection will wrongfully die, many victims will.  Their families have rights to protect and should contact a Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer prepared to represent them.  Call to schedule a FREE appointment to determine whether this diagnosis may have been caused by Minnesota medical malpractice.  We accept cases throughout Minnesota, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, or any other city.  Please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.


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