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Kidney Transplants and Scleromyxedema
A 2002 study by the Center for Disease Control reveals some very disturbing information regarding the outcome of a number of kidney transplants. Specifically, from 1997 - 2000, in 265 kidney transplants 8 patients developed the fibrosing skin condition known as scleromyxedema. On the surface, this does not seem like a serious condition. However, closer examination reveals that there are a number of problems one must contend with when a kidney transplant results in scleromyxedema.
The surface level problem of the condition is that the yields a number of unsightly skin lesions. These lesions can cover a significant amount of the surface of the skin and can prove significantly difficult to reduce. While no one wants to deal with a condition that alters appearance, these problems can at least be dealt with in any number of cosmetic ways. The physical problems associated with this condition, however, are not so very simple to deal with.
And, yes, there are a number of physical ailments that are inherent with the onset of scleromyxedema. In particular, the condition begets the tightening of the skin which can effectively limit mobility, reduce physical movement, and even yield a number of painful contractions. (Several drawings of the neurological effects of this problem have been produced by the University of Washington at St. Louis and they clearly show the severity of the problem) This is why it is critical for physicians to understand the warning signs that a patient may be susceptible to developing this problem. This includes reviewing medical records for any red flags that would indicate the patient is at risk for this condition.
When a doctor fails in this regard and the skin condition develops, there may be a strong case for medical malpractice. This is because the doctor did not either perform the proper preliminary steps in order to ascertain whether or not the patient was an imminent risk or if the doctor was not qualified to make such an assessment. Either way, this would indicate a level of negligence on the part of a doctor and hospital.
Now, some may not see the need for filing in medical malpractice lawsuit in the aftermath of a flawed kidney transplant that led to a skin disorder. This is because they are not looking at the totality of the problems associated with limited physical mobility. Such problems can make it very difficult for person to work and can lead to additional financial strains due to medical costs. Therefore, it would make perfect sense that someone who develops this condition as a result of malpractice would seek financial remedy.