Failure to diagnose pituitary problems

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Our Clinical Negligence Team has successfully recovered £80,000.00 following a claim for compensation for clinical negligence relating to Mr B (a minor at the commencement of the claim).

In January 2000 Mr B's parents took him to the GP. The GP was notified of Mr B's excessive intake of water, lack of appetite.  They had concerns over him being unnaturally small in height for a boy of his age.  The GP arranged for him to have a blood and urine test which came back clear.

Mr B was taken to the GP over the years that followed and his parents continued to raise their concerns. In February 2003 the GP agreed to refer Mr B to the local hospital.  The hospital carried out tests and discussed his diet. Mr B's parents were advised to return for a check-up in six months' time.  They returned to the hospital in December 2003. During this appointment Mr B's father advised that he had discussed Mr B's problems with his own chiropractor who advised that it may be a pituitary problem. The hospital then immediately re-examined Mr B and referred him to another hospital.

In February 2004 Mr B attended for his referral at Southampton General Hospital where the doctor recognised that he had a serious problem straightaway. Tests were carried out and a tumour of the pituitary gland was diagnosed ( a craniopharyngioma). He was also diagnosed with pituitary failure and diabetes insipidus.

In August 2004 Mr B had to undergo surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital to have the tumour removed. He had to undergo radiation therapy and take growth hormones. He has been left with long term dysexecutive problems and memory loss as a result of the radiation treatment he underwent. He also had a lot of time off school and suffered from tiredness and hair loss.

Admissions were made by the Defendant in respect of breach of duty but not causation.

Mr B's parents instructed BL Claims Solicitors as Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors.  Liability was admitted and Mr B agreed to accept £80,000.00 in full and final settlement of his claim.

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Gemma is a Senior Associate in our Clinical Negligence team with extensive experience in all areas of medical negligence claims.

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