Brain Tumour Misdiagnosis
The majority of brain tumour misdiagnosis can arise out of a delay in treatment or failure to carry out appropriate x-ray, MRI and CT scans. Often there is a failure by a GP or Specialist to carry out investigations. Brain tumour misdiagnosis can take many forms but the speed of diagnosis is an important factor in the sense that the cancer itself can worsen without medical intervention in a timely manner, there may be a prolonged period of recovery and in severe cases can result in death. Recently, it has been recognised by a leading brain tumour charity that women with brain tumours are more likely to be dismissed by medical professionals and are only getting a diagnosis after several trips to the doctor. Delay to this extent can be catastrophic in some brain tumours. Diagnosis of a brain tumour is made usually with a CT scan, a Neurological examination biopsy or spinal tap, some doctors use several different procedures to make an accurate diagnosis. It is perhaps unfortunate that symptoms of tumours can be very generalised such as headaches, vomiting, difficulty walking, balance or memory difficulties etc. The cause of the brain tumour is usually unknown but there are some factors that can predispose an individual to a brain tumour such as hereditary factors. It is important to bear in mind that not all tumours are malignant and they can affect people of any age and approximately 5000 people are diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in the UK each year.
A brain tumour needs to be treated as soon as possible as usually the tumour is fast growing and can spread to other areas of the brain and spine. Surgery is usually undertaken to remove as much of the tumour as possible followed then by radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. The recovery from a brain tumour depends on a
number of things such as where the tumour is, the size of the tumour, the age of the patient but importantly how ill a patient was when the diagnosis was made. If there is a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose the brain tumour early on this can affect the success of the treatment.
Sometimes brain tumours are as a result of other malignant tumours in other parts of the body that have spread to the brain and these are known as metastasis or secondary tumours.
If you feel that you have been affected from a delay or misdiagnosis of a brain tumour or someone that you care about has then please feel free to contact one of our Brain Injury Specialist Solicitors.
If you are worried about the potential costs in pursuing a claim, Davies and Partners Solicitors has a variety of options to help and we would be happy to discuss these with you.