Why Gestational Diabetes Still Goes Undiagnosed in New York


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7/18/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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The test for gestational diabetes, while unpleasant, is routine for most New York mothers-to-be. If you are at high risk for pregnancy-induced diabetes, you may be screened at your first appointment. Otherwise, everyone is typically screened sometime between weeks 24 and 28 of pregnancy. If the screening suggests high blood sugar levels then the mother is typically advised to have a follow-up three-hour test to diagnose whether or not the mother is diabetic.

With the Tests so Routine, How is Gestational Diabetes Missed?

Unfortunately, some cases of gestational diabetes are not appropriately diagnosed. This may occur because:
  • Different doctors use different blood sugar levels to determine gestational diabetes. A mother who is just under the numbers for a diagnosis in one office may be told she does not have the condition and that no treatment is necessary. If the same mother, with the same test results, presented to a different doctor, she may have been diagnosed and treated for gestational diabetes.
  • There is an error in performing the test or reading the test results.
  • There is a communication error that prevents the mother from learning that she is diabetic and getting appropriate treatment.

Undiagnosed Diabetes in Pregnancy Presents a Real Risk

If your child has suffered a birth injury because of the failure to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes, then it is important to contact a New York birth injury lawyer to find out about your family's rights and potential recovery. Please call 1-800-PAGAN-911 today to speak with an experienced New York birth injury attorney.

Category: Pregnancy Induced Diabetes


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