Urologists specialize in the treatment of the kidneys, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, and urethra as well as the reproductive systems in both men and women. Medical News Today tells us that the occurrence of kidney stones in US patients has doubled in the past 15 years.
Kidney stones are small mineral deposits that can cause excruciating pain in the side and back, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. Often, a patient can pass a stone simply by drinking lots of water. But if the stone is large or causing complications, it may require more extensive treatment to remove it, such as blasting it with shock waves.
In some cases, a kidney stone can cause a urinary tract infection, acute renal insufficiency (poor kidney function) and/or sepsis (a potentially life-threatening complication of infection). The standard treatment in such cases is decompression, in which a tube or other device is used to drain urine from the kidney.
Women may see a urologist for urinary stones, chronic kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and more. Urologist Dr. Steven Kahan of Core Physicians LLC and Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire are named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Jacklyn Chamberlin. The plaintiffs claim that Ms. Chamberlin was admitted to Exeter Hospital’s emergency department and was misdiagnosed by doctors. Chamberlain was admitted complaining of fever like symptoms. The lawsuit states that doctors performed an ultrasound and urinalysis, revealing a ureteral blocking kidney stone and the presence of bacteria in her urine. Antibiotic treatment was not prescribed and the patient was discharged with pain medication. No additional testing was ordered with a diagnosis of a renal stone. Two days after being sent home, her condition deteriorated and she was again admitted to the Exeter ER. At that time, the bacterial infection had spread to her bloodstream causing septic shock and the accompanying organ dysfunction and failure. Chamberlin’s bacterial infection had spread to her bloodstream, causing a massive immune response known as sepsis. She died of the severe bacterial infection.
Patients may be referred to a urologist if their physician suspects they may need treatment for a condition relating to the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys, or adrenal glands. The urology expert witness is retained in medical malpractice cases such as this to evaluate whether the medical standard of care was violated by failing to properly diagnose or treat the patient. Contact ELITE Medical Experts to retain a top level board certified medical expert for your specific case.