Methotrexate: Good for Ectopic Pregnancies, Bad for Misdiagnoses

by | Oct 31, 2013 | Birth Injury, Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

The expectation in Toledo is that if a doctor has given a diagnosis, that
diagnosis is accurate and the prescribed treatment will be effective.
It is not unreasonable to have that expectation, especially because doctors
must go through so much schooling, training and practice before they see
patients. Moreover, since most people visiting the doctor don’t
have backgrounds in medicine, they wouldn’t know if a doctor was
making an error. Unfortunately, doctors do make mistakes and, for pregnant
women, this can cause lifelong medical conditions for their children.

Sadly, birth injuries are more common than what many of us would hope for,
and a medical error that can lead to very serious birth injuries was recently
covered in the New England Journal of Medicine.

When methotrexate is given to women with ectopic pregnancies, the drug
will end the potentially life-threatening pregnancy and the pregnancy
will be absorbed back into the body. If the pregnancy is normal, however,
and properly located inside the woman’s uterus, the drug can cause
a series of birth injuries. In some cases, it can also cause a miscarriage.

It can be incredibly difficult for parents living with children with birth
injuries. Their children may need care for the rest of their lives, which
means parents will need to come up with a plan for who will care for their
children after the parents have died. Moreover, constant medical care
and treatments will certainly cost a lot, which is why many parents turn
to medical malpractice lawsuits. These lawsuits provide vital resources
for parents who would otherwise be left under a heavy financial burden.


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