Endoscopy Injuries Due to Medical Malpractice: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Endoscopy Injuries Can Result in a Perforation and Cause Serious Pain and Suffering: Bend and Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


An endoscopy is a procedure that allows a physician or other healthcare professional to use a flexible tube with a camera to examine the throat, esophagus, stomach, and even the first section of the bowels (duodenum).  This is used to assess symptoms, problems, or conditions that a patient may be experiencing, including ulcers, allergies, or cancers.  The scope goes directly down the patient’s mouth and throat, and the patient does not have to do much to prepare other than not eat for a certain period of time prior to the procedure.  While relatively safe, this does not mean that Oregon medical malpractice could not cause an injury which should be reviewed by a Portland or Bend medical malpractice lawyer.


Risks of an Endoscopy


All procedures have risks inherent to them.  Even though an endoscopy is a very safe procedure and the risks, particularly very serious risks, are very rare, injuries can occur due to Oregon medical malpractice.  In fact, most of the time the general risks or injuries which could happen from an endoscopy are caused by medical malpractice.  


Risks of a endoscopy include the following:


  • Infection;
  • Bleeding;
  • Perforation of the esophagus;
  • Anesthesia/sedation reactions;
  • Perforation of the stomach;
  • Perforation of the duodenum;
  • Lacerations or abrasions from the tool; or
  • Other similar injuries.


Perforations Caused by an Endoscopy due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


One of the most serious injuries caused by an endoscopy is a perforation.  While a known risk of an endoscopy, perforations are not common and are not within the standard of care.  This means that perforations really should not be occurring during endoscopy procedures.  These types of injuries really only occur due to medical carelessness, recklessness, and negligence.  Perforations are not within the standard of care.


Most times the perforation occurs on the way down and against the natural resistant of the body, which will be tightening up to prevent the intrusion.  This means that the perforation should be discovered and repaired, as even if the injury is missed on the way down, the bleeding, swelling, redness, and other signs of a perforation should be discovered on the way out.  


When a perforation is not recognized or identified, it becomes a very dangerous and life-threatening situation.  This is true whether the perforation is in the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum.  With the esophagus, there will be a leaking of fluid coming down the throat and esophagus (food and drink matter) which will permeate through the perforation and rest directly next to some very vital organs like the heart and lungs.  Perforations of the stomach and duodenum are also very dangerous because they have more caustic substances that are leaked since the stomach carries a very high concentration of acid.


Endoscopy Injuries May be Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice and Should be Investigated by our Bend-Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer


When a patient is seriously injured due to an endoscopy error, please call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn how we can help a victim recover.  We handle cases throughout Oregon, including anywhere in Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Astoria, Albany, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Prineville, Jefferson County, Vancouver, Washington, Corvallis, Portland, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law office is located.


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