Doctors are not infallible, and one of the most common mistakes that health care practitioners in Oregon and around the country make is a diagnostic error. A doctor could fail to diagnose a patient, diagnose a patient with a condition that they do not have or take an unreasonably long time to correctly diagnose a patient. If any of these errors causes a patient harm, the injured patient could sue the doctor for medical malpractice.
There are many reasons why patients in Oregon may be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed when they have a serious medical condition. Some of the reasons for diagnostic errors include inaccurate tests, doctor negligence or a lack of full disclosure of symptoms by the patient. There are also a lot of medical issues that are difficult to diagnose because their symptoms are similar to those of other conditions.
More than 2.3 million individuals per year visit emergency rooms in Oregon and across the U.S. because of potential cases of cellulitis, a potentially serious bacteria infection. The costs for this care on a national level involve billions of dollars; however, some of the most intensive treatments may not be warranted. The misdiagnosis of cellulitis contributes to this matter.
Oregon women should be aware that the presence of a lump is not always the initial sign of breast cancer, according to researchers in England. In fact, one out of every six women in the study who ended up being diagnosed with breast cancer originally consulted with a doctor because of some other symptom.
An emergency room physician in an Oregon hospital might decide that a person experiencing fever, chills, swollen glands and a painful rash has cellulitis, which could be an error. Researchers who conducted a 30-month study of 259 inpatients at one hospital concluded that approximately one-third of them received a misdiagnosis of that disease.
Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection that afflicts many Florida residents, but it is also one that is prone to a misdiagnosis. It is the reason for almost 2.3 million visits to emergency rooms around the country each year. Among those who seek emergency medical care, 14 to 17 percent are admitted to the hospital.
On average, one of every eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. Traditionally, tumors have been treated with a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. They are often removed first with chemotherapy used to get rid of any cancer cells that may remain because the tumor may become resistant to chemotherapy if left in the body.
Oregon residents may be shocked to learn that between a third and a half of those diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma may not actually be suffering from these debilitating conditions. Experts say that this common form of misdiagnosis could be reduced if physicians ordered spirometry testing when COPD or asthma are suspected. During a spirometry test, patients take deep breaths and then exhale as powerfully as they can into a machine that measures how well their lungs are functioning.
Some diseases can have obscure symptoms, which may cause diagnostic difficulties for Oregon health care providers. Others are difficult to pinpoint because they are not very common. A disease is deemed to be rare if it occurs in less than one person per 200,000 in the United States population. The National Institutes of Health indicates that more than 30 million individuals in the U.S. suffer from rare diseases.