Esophageal Perforations Caused by Medical Errors: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Esophageal Perforations are a Medical Emergency and Frequently Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice


Your esophagus is one of the most important organs that you probably do not think much about.  It connects your throat to your stomach and is a passageway for all food and drink that you ingest.  It is sturdy and muscular, and intended to be able to withstand some pressure and force from eating or shallowing.  It is resilient in that it can also function when your are ill or sick, including when you have a sore throat due to an infection.  But it is not impenetrable, and an esophageal perforation can become a serious medical emergency.  This is commonly caused by Oregon medical malpractice due to a procedure error.


How Does an Esophageal Perforation Occur from Oregon Medical Malpractice?


There are two most common ways that an esophageal perforation occurs.  The first is during a scoped procedure like an endoscopy.  This is when a physician puts a scope which is shaped like a tube down your throat to look at your stomach or esophagus.  This scope has a light and camera at the end.  It is a very important tool to diagnose many conditions of the stomach and top of your intestines, as well as your esophagus.  This includes diagnosing cancer.  But when the endoscopy is improperly performed or when the scope is caused to brush against or contact the sides of the esophagus, it can damage it.  This can cause a tear or a perforation, and is commonly medical malpractice.


The second most common way that an esophageal perforation occurs is in the insertion or removal of an anesthesia tube.  This tube is vital and allows the anesthesia to be ingested to place and keep a patient unconscious.  It also delivers oxygen to the lungs to ensure that the patient can breathe properly during the procedure without the risk of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) conditions.  But when the tube is being inserted or positioned, or removed, it can be forced against the esophagus and cause a tear or perforation.  This is also likely Oregon medical malpractice and usually results in serious injury.


Injuries from Esophageal Perforation Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Like any other type of perforation such as a bowel perforation, an esophageal perforation can lead to serious infection and is a medical emergency.  However, while a bowel perforation is not necessarily an immediately and life-threatening condition (but still very serious), an esophageal perforation is immediately life-threatening.  Generally is must be repaired within 24 hours or the risk of death is almost guaranteed.  This is because perforations to the esophagus will cause food and drink to leak right against some of your most vital organs such as your lungs and heart.  When an infection begins right here, it is almost always life-threatening and very difficult to repair.


Even if an esophageal perforation is caught quickly, there is still a massive risk of infection against these vital organs.  Patients need to be aware of the risk for infection and sepsis.  This part of the esophagus may also be compromised and a patient may be prone to future perforations, even from just normal eating.


Esophageal Perforations Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice: Call Our Firm


If you have been diagnosed with an esophageal perforation, or if a loved one has died due to an esophageal perforation, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what your options may be.  The call is free and the appointment is free, and we can help advise you whether you and your family may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.


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