Interstitial cystitis is a condition highlighted by pain in the pelvic region in addition to frequent urges to urinate. To make matters worse, it can be difficult for even experienced medical professionals to diagnose the condition. In some cases, patients are told that they are imagining the issue, which can lead to emotional distress. The time and money spent trying to get a correct diagnosis may also be unnecessary interruptions for patients.
The condition is seen in approximately 2.7 percent of women and 1.3 percent of men. However, actual numbers may be higher as many with the condition are instead diagnosed with a urinary tract infection or an overactive bladder.
This is because a UTI or an overactive bladder may be present in addition to the interstitial cystitis. Patients who are misdiagnosed may be given antibiotics or other treatment that could lead to additional problems such as antibiotic resistance over time. Some believe that the condition may be a symptom of an allergic reaction as well as an autoimmune response that attacks the bladder. Others believe that it may be partially caused by urine penetrating the bladder and causing irritation in that part of the body.
A doctor error may result in unnecessary treatment as well as emotional issues related to the condition not improving. Therefore, it may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills and other costs related to that error. It may also be possible to win an award for lost wages and future compensation related to the doctor’s mistake. In some cases, the hospital where a doctor is employed may be held responsible in a medical malpractice suit. A medical malpractice attorney may be able to help a victim of misdiagnosis prove his or her case in court.