Botched Colonoscopies Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

Mistakes During a Colonoscopy Can be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Even though a colonoscopy may be one of the more common procedures that a person may undergo, it can lead to life-threatening complications if it was performed improperly.  This is because improperly performed colonoscopies can result in internal injuries which are susceptible to infection.  If these injuries are not identified, the damage will be allowed to fester and become massively infected.  This is likely to lead to sepsis, which is a very dangerous blood infection which is widespread through the body.  These improperly performed colonoscopies can be due to very serious medical malpractice.


What is a Colonoscopy?


A colonoscopy is a medical procedure generally considered to be safe.  It is an examination of the colon by using a long, flexible, tube-like instrument with a video camera at the end.  It can be used to examine the lining of the colon.  It is inserted through the rectum and continues through and to the end of the large intestine.  The scope bends and flexes around the curves of the colon.  Air is blown into the colon at the same time to allow an easier inspection.


Other tools can also be used to take biopsies or remove polyps.  These tools are protected in a sheath, but when the doctor decides to use them they come out and the sharp edges are exposed.


What Could Cause Medical Malpractice During a Colonoscopy?


Even though colonoscopies have a low rate of error, there are some common mistakes which can result in serious personal injuries due to Minnesota medical malpractice.  Errors during a colonoscopy are almost always preventable and due to reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent conduct.  Some common mistakes during a colonoscopy which could be due to a medical error include the following:


  • Perforated bowel – when the camera is used too forcefully, it can lacerate or puncture the bowl and result in serious personal injury;
  • Over-inflate injury – when too much air is pumped into the colon, it can result in serious personal injury including tears in the lining;
  • Improper use of biopsy – when a biopsy is cut too deep, it can puncture through the lining and cause an infection;
  • Failing to keep the other tools sheathed or protected – because these tools are sharp, they need to be protected when being inserted;
  • Misdiagnosis – not only can the affirmative acts of a doctor cause an injury during a colonoscopy, but the failing to diagnose a condition such as colon cancer can be medical malpractice as well; and
  • Many other causes.


What is most dangerous when one of these injuries occurs is when the medical professional fails to recognize these injuries.  When these injuries are not observed when they occur, an infection is very likely.  Abdominal infections like this can result in very serious injuries which could be deadly.


Victims of Oregon Medical Malpractice Due to a Botched Colonoscopy Should Call Kuhlman Law, LLC


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