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£30,000 compensation for child wrongly diagnosed with CAH

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    Simon Elliman won £30,000 compensation for H, who was mistakenly diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) as a baby, and continued to receive treatment for the condition unnecessarily until the age of 14. H was critically ill as a baby, …

    By Simon Elliman

Simon Elliman won £30,000 compensation for H, who was mistakenly diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) as a baby, and continued to receive treatment for the condition unnecessarily until the age of 14. H was critically ill as a baby, and blood tests were performed which were consistent with a diagnosis of CAH. However, afterwards, other test results (in particular a urine test) were inconsistent with the diagnosis, and the hospital failed to follow up the tests to either confirm or exclude the diagnosis.  As a result H was on steroids for 14 years, and believed, as he grew up, that he had a serious medical condition which he did not have. The steroids caused him to put on weight, which he found distressing, but otherwise no long term damage was done, so damages in the sum of £30,000 were found to be appropriate.

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