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December 2016 Archives

Full recovery from strokes not guaranteed for young patients

Some Oregon residents may believe that only older individuals are at risk for strokes. However, this is not the case. In fact, approximately 10 percent of strokes are suffered by those between the ages of 18 and 50. A recent Dutch study showed that one-third of those individuals were found to still be left suffering from loss of function and disability nine years after they suffered the stroke.

MRIs aid in diagnosing fetal brain abnormalities

Oregon women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant soon should be aware of the tests that can be used to identify any possible medical complications with the fetus. One of those tests is a follow-up MRI scan that can be taken after the ultrasound at the midpoint of the pregnancy and can improve the diagnosis of a fetal brain abnormality.

Pancreatic cancer deaths might be on the rise

According to figures from the American Cancer Society released in January 2016, pancreatic cancer is predicted to soon become the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Oregon and around the country. The nationwide health organization predicts that the disease will have claimed the lives of 41,780 Americans by the end of the year. Only lung cancer and colon cancer cause more cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Hepatitis C rapid diagnostic test may be widely used

On Dec. 5, it was announced that a quick diagnostic test for hepatitis C, also known as HCV, has become the first to be prequalified by the World Health Organization. The WHO prequalifies tests that it finds to reach a certain standard in terms of safety and reliability. While there are other rapid HCV tests, they are expensive or poor quality. This test, developed by a company in South Korea, takes five to 20 minutes to return results on human blood, serum or plasma. The test can be done by someone with minimal training outside of a hospital facility with no electricity.

Understanding shoulder dystocia

In some rare cases in Oregon, a baby's shoulders will become lodged in a mother's birth canal, and the force of her body trying to push the baby out may cause severe injuries to them both. While a baby may suffer injuries that resolve within six months, he or she may also suffer from permanent disabilities or death.

Penicillin allergy misdiagnosis common

Individuals in Oregon and across the United States may have been told that they have an allergy to penicillin, which means taking it again might cause a serious allergic reaction. However, some of these individuals may have either grown out of the allergy or were misdiagnosed to begin with. Since many individuals who have been informed they have an allergy to penicillin have not been tested since the initial reaction, an assertion of penicillin allergy may be false.

Understanding failed back surgery

Some Oregon patients have experienced Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. This affliction occurs when chronic pain continues after a back or neck surgery due to some issue with the procedure. Unlike the normal pain associated with healing, this pain often does not reduce during the healing process and may become worse as scar tissue builds around the surgical site. It is important to understand the symptoms and causes of failed back surgery and distinguish them from normal recovery.


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