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Failure to Diagnose Archives

Lung cancer: A missed diagnosis can be a death sentence

Lung cancer is a serious disease that requires urgent treatment. Unfortunately, not all patients with this condition are able to obtain the medical care they need quickly. They might go to the doctor with symptoms that can occur with other conditions. Some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer, which include shortness of breath and coughing, are also associated with many other conditions. This might lead the doctors caring for you to misdiagnose this condition.

Delayed stroke treatment can lead to death or disability

A stroke is a very dangerous event. It must be handled as an emergency or there is a chance that it can lead to permanent disability or death. Time is a huge factor in what type of lasting impacts the stroke will have on a person.

Misdiagnosis in the ER could lead to more emergencies later

Emergency rooms are places for very sick or very injured individuals to go and receive emergency care. They are for people who need an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical care, fast. While many emergency rooms do provide quality care for patients, some visitors to the ER may actually face further health complications later because of a missed diagnosis or an incorrect diagnosis.

Failure to diagnose sepsis could lead to fatal outcomes

Infections of any type could cause serious complications to your health. However, some issues could pose greater risks than others, and some infections could even have the potential to pose life-threatening or fatal harm. Luckily, many infections can be treated effectively with the proper medication when caught in enough time. Of course, you may fear that doctors or other medical staff may miss out on symptoms that could point to a serious issue.

Delayed diagnoses can be devastating, deadly

Like many people, when you hear the term "medical malpractice," you may think of incidents wherein a doctor or other healthcare provider has committed some form of terrible misconduct or made a careless mistake that resulted in injury or harm to a patient. A far less obvious yet much more common form of medical error is delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, but the results can be just as devastating or even fatal.

You should expect a proper diagnosis, act if that doesn't happen

All patients deserve to be cared for in an equal manner. Last week, we discussed how obese patients are sometimes treated differently and receive a lower quality of health care simply because of their weight. This is unacceptable, no matter how you look at it.

Obese patients might not get adequate medical care

Imagine having a serious medical ailment and going to see the doctor only to be told that you just need to lose weight. This is what many obese patients in this country hear when they seek medical care for anything from painful joint conditions to shortness of breath. These patients are in essence playing Russian roulette with their health because doctors can't seem to make it past the person's weight.

Early Onset Cancers May Be Missed By Blindly Following Recommendations

When it comes to any type of cancer, one of the keys to successful treatment and remission in a patient is to catch the disease as early as possible. Not only is recovery more likely, the treatment itself is often less invasive and patients can often undergo those treatments with minimal disruption to their lives. The American Cancer Society has issued several recommendations for when people should be screened for specific types of cancers. For example, women between 40-55 should get annual mammograms in an attempt to diagnose breast cancer. Both men and women should generally be screened for colon and/or rectal cancer via a colonoscopy every 10 years, starting at age 50. Suggestions are also made for more frequent, and less invasive tests, which are also less conclusive. Men between 45-50 are encouraged to talk to their doctors about screening for prostate cancer, depending on their family history or perceived risk factors. It's also recommended that most women between 21-65 should undergo testing every 3-5 years for cervical cancer.

Dementia is not always Alzheimer's

New Mexico residents who have been affected by a diagnosis of Alzheimer's in their family may be interested in information about a similar medical condition that is sometimes confused with Alzheimer's. Frontotemporal lobar degeneration is a type of dementia that is estimated to represent about 10 percent of dementia cases. FTLD is the most common type of dementia in people who are under the age of 60.