Failure to treat kidney stones leads to sepsis and admission to intensive care

In November 2016, Mr K was diagnosed with bilateral renal stones and was advised that due to the size of one in particular, he would require treatment as it was very unlikely to ever pass on its own.

Unfortunately, he was then diagnosed with bladder cancer for which he required surgery which was performed in March 2017.

In November 2018, Mr K consulted his GP with left loin pain which was felt to be related to his renal stones.  The GP chased up treatment of this with urology but unfortunately before this could be actioned, Mr K developed urosepsis as a result of a large stone causing a blockage.  He was admitted to intensive care at hospital where he underwent insertion of a nephrostomy.  Following discharge and after he had recovered from sepsis, he underwent definitive treatment following which he was noted to be stone free.

The hospital accepted that Mr K should have had treatment for his stones as soon as his cancer treatment was complete and this would have successfully treated them before they became troublesome.  He would have therefore avoided the episode of severe left loin pain, urosepsis and acute kidney injury which necessitated emergency admission to hospital.  He required intravenous antibiotics, resuscitation with ITU care and insertion of a nephrostomy.  He subsequently required definitive treatment with a left percutaneous nephrolithotomy, all of which would have been avoided with timely treatment of his renal stones.

Fortunately, as the hospital admitted liability at an early stage, we were able to secure a 5 figure settlement for Mr K quickly.

Kathryn Watson, June 2022