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Babies with metabolic disorders, also known as “inborn errors of metabolism,” can suffer terrible injuries when their metabolic problem goes untreated. Hospitals and physicians may identify babies with metabolic issues using a simple blood test known as “newborn metabolic screening” shortly after birth. When these problems are discovered early, newborns will receive appropriate treatment that usually allows them to avoid harm and have full lives. However, if these illnesses are not detected in time, they have a significant chance of causing long-term difficulties.

Our staff is committed to defending kids with metabolic conditions. Texas Personal Injury Lawyers has represented families from all across the country whose infants with metabolic disorders were not properly diagnosed in time to prevent injury or who received suboptimal medical therapy after they had been correctly identified. 

If your child’s metabolic problem was not adequately diagnosed soon after birth, or if he or she was maltreated following diagnosis, he or she may be eligible for compensation that can cover his or her lifetime financial needs. Contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers now to book a free consultation to learn more about your and your child’s rights.

Failures To Diagnose Newborn Metabolic Disorders At Birth

Because the lab that does the test or the infant’s doctor makes a medical mistake, metabolic disorders may not be recognized at birth. In some situations, the blood sample for the test may not be obtained at the correct moment. If these conditions are not discovered promptly, your baby may develop long-term problems. If you discover that your newborn has a metabolic disorder, you can pursue legal rights against the parties involved in their medical negligence.

Common Symptoms Of Metabolic Disorders

Infants and toddlers require a nutritious diet to grow and maintain optimum health. It is much more difficult when they have a metabolic disease. Babies with metabolic disorders are unable to properly break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which makes it harder for them to develop and thrive. What this means is that they may be unable to obtain the adequate nutrition their bodies require. More significantly, a metabolic problem causes a block in the decomposition pathway of these nutrients, resulting in the formation of toxic intermediate metabolites that, if not addressed promptly, can result in brain and other organ damage and death.

If you believe your baby has a metabolic disease, take him or her to a pediatrician for further testing and diagnosis. The signs may appear as soon as a few days after birth and can be worsened by minor illnesses, over-exercising, dehydration, or certain drugs. Screening for metabolic diseases at birth allows newborns to be treated right away, allowing them to live healthy and long lives.

Some common symptoms of newborn metabolic disorders include:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures
  • Developmental delay
  • Failure to thrive
  • Poor appetite
  • Coma
  • Acidosis in the blood
  • High ammonia in the blood
  • Large amounts of Ketones in the urine

Metabolic diseases in newborns generally appear a few days after birth. When an infant is born with metabolic problems that are genetic, they are present. Today, most newborn metabolic diseases may be discovered and appropriately treated through routine screening, allowing infants to grow up healthy and live a long life.

Hospitals should have programs in place to screen newborns for metabolic diseases using blood tests on a regular basis. These procedures, which should be done 24 hours after the birth and are generally done in hospitals instead of pediatricians’ offices, can identify a wide range of metabolic disorders. Regular screening may pick up on a number of metabolic problems.

Types Of Newborn Metabolic Disorders

There are several distinct types of newborn metabolic diseases. The illness will be recognized through newborn screening. Some of the most prevalent infant metabolic disorders include:

  • Galactosemia
  • Lysosomal storage disorders
  • Maple syrup urine disease
  • Metal metabolism disorders, such as Wilson’s disease
  • Phenylketonuria
  • GA1

The baby is unable to process milk due to galactosemia, which is a metabolic disease. Sepsis can cause liver damage and death in individuals with lysosomal storage diseases. Toxic substances accumulate in the lysosomes as a result of lysosomal storage disorders. The accumulation of lipids can cause heart or liver disease and stroke or nerve damage. Lysosomal storage diseases include:

  • Fabry disease – Pain in the extremities
  • Gaucher disease – Pain
  • Krabbe disease – Progressive damage to the nerves
  • Hurler syndrome – Causes abnormal bone structure
  • Tay-Sachs disease – Causes progressive muscle weakness
  • Niemann-Pick disease – Causes enlargement of the liver

Maple syrup urine disease is a rare genetic disorder in which the baby’s urine has a maple syrup smell. The infant suffers from an enzyme deficiency that leads to the accumulation of amino acids, particularly leucine. Damage to the brain can occur as a result of this condition.

Excess metals build up in the body as a result of metal metabolism disorders. Hemochromatosis is a metal metabolism disease in which there is too much iron in the baby’s system, causing liver damage. Infants with Wilson’s disease accumulate harmful amounts of copper in their systems, posing risks to their brains and livers.

Another type of infant metabolism syndrome is phenylketonuria or PKU, which is characterized by an enzyme deficiency. In babies with PKU, a deficiency of an enzyme can result in cognitive problems or retardation.

Potential Damages In A Lawsuit

You can pursue legal action against the health care professionals who missed your baby’s newborn metabolic disease, which caused lifelong impairments and significant expenses. Damages that may be recovered include:

  • Past and future medical expenses for your child’s care
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Out-of-pocket expenses related to your child’s condition
  • Your child’s pain and suffering
  • Disability damages
  • Other damages

Contact The Attorneys At Texas Personal Injury Lawyers

A newborn metabolic disorder can be devastating for a family, especially when learning that it was caused by a previously undetected genetic defect. If your kid wasn’t diagnosed right away, you may have legal options. Call Texas Personal Injury Lawyers at (888) 997-2148 for an expedient case evaluation.

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