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Ruptured Gallbladder Ended With Endocarditis And Valve Replacement

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Ruptured Gallbladder Ended With Endocarditis And Valve Replacement

Postby donough » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:32 am

50 year old healthy man went in with massive pain in stomach, months went by with doctors stating nothing is wrong. Debilitating pain cased trip to ER. ER doc said very sick gallbladder. In hospital 5 days because pancreases very inflamed by gangrenous gallbladder. Gallbladder removed. It was dead. Ruptured and black. Doctor said they couldn't' tell how long it had been ruptured but he was surprised man lived. Sent home with no other medications or no other testing for infection even though body was poisoned by this dead gallbladder and stones impacted liver and pancreases. Three week or so later man back in hospital with major blood infection caused by ruptured gallbladder. Infection was endocarditis and it destroyed man's healthy mitro heart valve. Went through open heart surgery in Nov 2010 and had to have mechanical valve placed in his heart. Now on blood thinners the rest of his life and has to change the way he lives his life because of the mechanical valve and concerns of clogging or bleeding out if cut. He went through some major tests to insure his heart was healthy less than two years prior. Doc's couldn't pin point why pain in upper side area. Probably was gallbladder going bad but no one found it. Heart tests all normal and healthy so the infection from the gallbladder caused the heart valve to be destroyed and that could have been avoided if tests for infections were taken after poisoned by dead gallbladder. Doc said that the gallbladder was the worst he had ever seen out of thousands of patients that survived the rupture. Medical bills now continuous and medication for rest of his life. Do we have a case of malpractice since the doctor was very concerned and aware that the gallbladder could have killed him?

ANSWER: If the heart disease was a direct result of the untreated gallbladder problem, then there cold be a viable malpractice case. This man should find an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to review the case and send it for review to a cardiologist and gastroenterologist for expert opinion on the subject. My opinion doesn't matter. Good luck

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I thought your opinion was part of the service. He was very healthy prior to the gallbladder issue. No prior heart disease for him. So do you have an opinion on the subject if he was healthy heart before the gallbladder.
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Ruptured Gallbladder Ended With Endocarditis And Valve Replacement

Postby Wadanhyll » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:20 am

My opinion is that this is a case that might be worth pursuing. What you have to understand is, the lawyer's opinion doesn't matter and a lawyer didn't go to medical school and can't offer an expert medical opinion. You need the opinion of a qualified medical expert to say there was malpractice and damage in order to win a malpractice case and the law requires that we get such an opinion even before we file the case.  What I am saying is, it looks like there was negligence and looks like serious harm resulted. So, you need to find a local lawyer who sees it that way and is enthusiastic enough to pay the money to outside doctors to review the entire history and offer a medical opinion, the only opinion that counts. So I am saying this case is possibly workable depending on what the doctors say. Again,  understand please, even a medical malpractice lawyer is not trained in medicine. We are educated somewhat in most of these types of things to at least have an idea if a doctor would find malpractice. I am say, this is possible.
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Ruptured Gallbladder Ended With Endocarditis And Valve Replacement

Postby squire » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:57 pm

50 year old healthy man went in with massive pain in stomach, months went by with doctors stating nothing is wrong. Debilitating pain cased trip to ER. ER doc said very sick gallbladder. In hospital 5 days because pancreases very inflamed by gangrenous gallbladder. Gallbladder removed. It was dead. Ruptured and black. Doctor said they couldn't' tell how long it had been ruptured but he was surprised man lived. Sent home with no other medications or no other testing for infection even though body was poisoned by this dead gallbladder and stones impacted liver and pancreases. Three week or so later man back in hospital with major blood infection caused by ruptured gallbladder. Infection was endocarditis and it destroyed man's healthy mitro heart valve. Went through open heart surgery in Nov 2010 and had to have mechanical valve placed in his heart. Now on blood thinners the rest of his life and has to change the way he lives his life because of the mechanical valve and concerns of clogging or bleeding out if cut. He went through some major tests to insure his heart was healthy less than two years prior. Doc's couldn't pin point why pain in upper side area. Probably was gallbladder going bad but no one found it. Heart tests all normal and healthy so the infection from the gallbladder caused the heart valve to be destroyed and that could have been avoided if tests for infections were taken after poisoned by dead gallbladder. Doc said that the gallbladder was the worst he had ever seen out of thousands of patients that survived the rupture. Medical bills now continuous and medication for rest of his life. Do we have a case of malpractice since the doctor was very concerned and aware that the gallbladder could have killed him?

ANSWER: If the heart disease was a direct result of the untreated gallbladder problem, then there cold be a viable malpractice case. This man should find an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to review the case and send it for review to a cardiologist and gastroenterologist for expert opinion on the subject. My opinion doesn't matter. Good luck

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

I thought your opinion was part of the service. He was very healthy prior to the gallbladder issue. No prior heart disease for him. So do you have an opinion on the subject if he was healthy heart before the gallbladder.
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