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New York endometriosis diagnostics and medical errors

New Yorkers who suffer from endometriosis may benefit from the increased attention and understanding the condition is receiving in the medical community. As many as 10 percent of all women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis. This painful condition results in debilitating menstrual cramps and other symptoms such as scarring, internal bleeding and infertility. The Endometriosis Foundation of America has announced a collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists with the objective of improving women's health.

The collaborative effort will focus on expanding across all states in the program to introduce stronger efforts to improve endometriosis diagnostics and care. There is currently a delay in diagnosis, especially within the field of adolescent gynecology. Efforts would include improving surgical training standards for procedures associated with endometriosis, such as removing lesions. The new guidelines would improve minimally invasive surgery techniques.

On average, women with endometriosis wait 12 years before receiving a correct endometriosis diagnosis. From misdiagnosis to ignoring the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, there are a variety of diagnostic errors that often occur when treating women with this serious condition. Lesions caused by endometriosis can worsen significantly if left untreated, causing serious pain and discomfort that could be avoided with timely treatment.

Women who were not properly diagnosed with endometriosis may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician in error. Misinterpreting MRI results, ignoring common symptoms of the disorder and the failure to offer testing to patients are common examples of medical mistakes that could lead to a lawsuit. Patients may be eligible for damages related to lost wages, lost functioning, pain and suffering and other serious consequences of untreated illness. Patients may be eligible to receive compensation for medical care as well.

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