Misdiagnosing HELLP Syndrome Can Lead to Greater Complications
HELLP Syndrome is a serious medical condition that affects pregnant women and their unborn children. It occurs in the last trimester of pregnancy, usually before the 37th week. Left untreated, it can be fatal to both the mother and the baby.
HELLP Syndrome is very simply named:
Hemolysis – the premature breakdown of red blood cells. This is dangerous because it can lead to anemia, where your body doesn’t deliver enough oxygen to the rest of the body.
Elevated Liver Enzymes – indicates an improperly functioning liver.
Low Platelets – platelets help the blood clot and when they are low this can lead to excessive bleeding.
There are no known causes of this syndrome, but preeclampsia is the greatest risk factor. Early medical treatment is the key to a positive outcome. Complications associated with HELLP Syndrome include:
- Kidney and liver failure
- Lung failure in both mother and baby
- Placental abruption (when the placenta detaches from the uterus before the baby is born)
If you or your loved one are questioning the medical treatment you received during your pregnancy and birth, call our office immediately. The statute of limitations is usually two years from the date of injury, with few exceptions. Our Connecticut medical malpractice team includes experienced lawyers that will begin a medical and legal investigation into your injuries.