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12 yr old son dies from misdiagnosed

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 9, 2009
  • 04:03 PM

My 12 yr old son started vomitting non-stop on July 15,2008.When I brought him to the ER, they diagnosed him with pneumonia ( even doctor said he didn't believe it was pneumonia).5 days later, we ended up at different hospital and my son had a rare disease called acute hemmorhagic leukoencephalitis. Also known as Hursts disease. There is no cure and no cause and my son passed away 5 days later on July 15th. I'm not sure if I should be looking into misdiagnosis of 1st hospital as treatment should have started 5 days earlier and he could have survived, I believe. All info on this disease states that early detection and early treatment has good results. Just looking for some help oin this.

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  • I am so sorry for your loss.A couple questions:1 - what was the basis of the diagnosis of pneumonia made on? what treatment did he get?2 - was the child having any other symptoms other than vomitting? In acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis symptoms start to appear fairly rapidly and involve neuro deficits.3 - how long and for what reason was the child discharged? I would have expected that a child with uncontrolled vomiting with a diagnosis of pneumonia would have been hospitalized? Was he? If not why not?acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis is incredibly rare and has an exceedingly rapid progression - and usually occurs after a viral upper respiratory infection. If he wasn't presenting with any other symptoms, it might not have been able to be caught. That being said, I would HIGHLY recommend that you get your son's complete medical record and take it to a malpractice attorney. They have medical staff who can review the record and see if malpractice was present. At the very least you will have some answers. Again, I am very sorry.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 10:39 AM
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  • At no point did my son have any other symptoms...he began vomitting on July 5th and I brought him to the ER. Hewas diagnosed with pneumoina after a x-ray. But doctor said there was some shading and that he didn't believe it was pneumonia. They gave him anti-nausea meds-compazine and antibiotics. He was still vommiting when we left hospital after taking the compazine.....makes no sense to me.We were in the ER for about 4 hrs and then sent home. Not until 4 days later when symptoms worsened was he hospitalized.No he didn't use cell phone or play many video games either.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 24, 2009
    • 00:06 PM
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  • I'm a little confused . . . if the doctor said he didn't think it was pneumonia, why was that diagnosis given? Another poster said that Hursts disease can result from a viral infection - is it possible that your son had pneumonia (correctly diagnosed) and that Hursts disease was a complication? No-one on this forum knows if there was any malpractice involved. From what you've said I'm not sure that your son was even misdiagnosed. Also keep in mind that even if his doctors made a mistake, that does not necessarily mean they are legally liable for anything. Not all mistakes are legal malpractice. I am very sorry for your loss - dealing with the death of a child, especially one that age, is very difficult and something that not a lot of people have to deal with. If you're looking for legal help, you should definitely speak to your attorney. He can advise you as to what - if any - course of action is open to you, and you can discuss what you would want to get out of it. On the other hand if you need more personal help, it might be a good idea to contact a local support group for people who have lost children, or think about some one-to-one counselling.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 2, 2009
    • 00:20 AM
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