When my son was born the diagnosed him with PKU. I was very confused and unclear on what that was until I researched it. As the years passed doctors have been canceling his appointments and are now saying that he can be treated with medication. I just would like to know why and what they are trying to do and what I need in order to clearify this.
It sounds as if he may not have PKU. If that is the case and if he did not suffer significant damages from the misdiagnosis there may be no reason to sue. There may also be statute of limitations hurdles. discuss with local malpractice counsel.
PKU, Phenyl ketonuria is one of the in born errors of metabolism rotuinely screened for at birth in hospitals across the US and Europe. It results in excessive levels of phenylalanine, an amino acid, which then results in significant mental retardation unless the patient is promptly diagnosed and placed on a special phenylalanine free diet. Medications typically do little for this condition. My firm currently is representing a family with a child that went untreated for PKU here in Phoenix. PKU is an extremely rare disorder but one that if promptly and competently managed, should not result in intellectual deficits. Do not hesitate to reach out to local, qualified counsel for a detailed review of your son's clinical challenges.
Zaheer A. Shah, MD, JD
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