What Is Central Pontine Myelinolysis?

DiagnosisAny time a patient is already dealing with a serious condition, the idea of developing another serious problem is intimidating. Unfortunately, this happens and it happens quite often. As some conditions worsen, others may develop, causing the patient even more pain and suffering. One of these serious medical conditions is called central pontine myelinolysis, or CPM. As a patient, you should know what causes it, the complications that may be experienced, and more.

What Causes It?

CPM is typically associated with complications due to another condition called hyponatremia. Patients who have this condition experience an imbalance of electrolytes which causes a low level of sodium. Doctors may try to treat this condition too quickly and if they do, it can cause central pontine myelinolysis.

Complications Associated with CPM

When a patient suffers central pontine myelinolysis, it can cause a number of complications. These are all serious complications that can also lead to long-term injuries. These complications can include cognitive impairment, tremors, brain damage, muscle spasms, hallucinations, difficulty speaking, double vision or uncontrollable eye movement, and confusion.

What Are Your Options?

If you or someone you love has been affected by central pontine myelinolysis, you need to understand your rights. Having a legal team means you can recreate the decisions and actions of the medical professional based on medical records and professional medical knowledge.

Our firm has a full-time MD as our medical director, meaning we have an understanding of what may have gone wrong and how it happened. Our Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Hampton & King work hard to prove that our clients have been the victims of negligence and deserve justice. We stand by your side at all times in order to seek the compensation you need to recover and continue on with life after an injury.

Call us today to speak with our team during a free consultation.

Categories: Medical Malpractice