A ruptured bowel is basically a hole in the stomach, small intestine or large intestine. A ruptured bowel is also known as perforated bowel, hole in the bowel, perforated intestine, ruptured intestine and gastrointestinal perforation.
When a hole occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, the opening allows food or fecal matter to leak into the abdomen. Air can also leak into the abdominal cavity and this can often be detected on chest x-ray images.
The contents of the intestine can cause inflammation or infection inside the abdomen. This sepsis or blood infection if not treated can cause almost immediate death. A perforated or ruptured bowl can occur as a result of traumatic injury, Crohn’s Disease or diverticulitis or intestinal blockage. A ruptured bowel requires surgery in order to repair the hole in the intestine. But if this serious condition goes undetected or undiagnosed, it can lead to death or cause a lot of problems for patients and additional medical expenses, not to mention pain and suffering.
The major symptoms of a ruptured bowl are high fever, nausea and extreme abdominal pain that will become worse when one moves or attempts to move. Intense vomiting may occur, which could lead to dehydration. These very serious symptoms need emergency care and treatment. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away. In cases where the patient is experiencing acute pain, a doctor will use X-ray or CT scan to confirm diagnosis of a ruptured bowel.
In almost all cases, a ruptured bowel requires surgery to wash out the abdomen. The ruptured bowel is then repaired. Sometimes, the perforation affects the bowel and other parts of the intestine and may require colostomy, in which part of the large intestine is brought into the wall of the abdomen and waste material is excreted into a bag outside the body. This is generally a temporary procedure. After surgery, the patient must take strong doses of antibiotics to get rid of any infection to prevent recurring infection in the abdominal cavities. Patients who have a ruptured bowel will also require consistent follow-up and treatment for the underlying conditions that may have caused the perforation.
If you have undergone suffering because a doctor failed to detect a ruptured bowel or if you have lost a loved one because of a failure to diagnose a ruptured bowel, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Please contact a Philadelphia failure to diagnose perforated bowel attorney at Anapol Schwartz for a free consultation. We will examine medical reports and conduct a thorough investigation to determine the facts and identify negligent parties. We will work hard to protect your rights and obtain fair compensation for your pain, suffering and loss.