Congenital heart defects are a common birth defect for babies born in Oregon and across the United States. Typically, severe defects are diagnosed during pregnancy or shortly after a baby is born. However, less severe defects may not be diagnosed until a child is older.
Oregon residents who suffer from diabetes or are at risk of getting the disease may be interested to know about a study conducted on diabetic kidney disease. The results indicate that there are certain biological pathways involved in diabetic kidney disease that may be useful in creating early diagnostic tests and targeted treatments.
Acute kidney injury, or AKI, is commonly misdiagnosed in Oregon and nationwide, according to a new study. The results, which were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology in December, could change the way kidney function is assessed by doctors in certain situations.
Misdiagnosis is a leading cause of patient harm in Oregon and across the United States. According to health care advocates, one of the reasons it occurs so often is because patients, doctors and testing can all contribute to the problem.
When physicians tell patients in Oregon that fibromyalgia is the source of their pain, they might want to get a second opinion. In an interview published by the National Pain Report, a physician who has been caring for pain patients for two decades said that close to two-thirds of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia do not have the disease.
Oregon women know the importance of getting annual mammograms. However, an Illinois study shows that women who receive a false-positive result are more likely to skip or delay their next screening, which could be a deadly error.
Oregon patients who receive a late diagnosis of cancer may go through unnecessary suffering and many may have an untimely death. In a report released by the World Health Organization, experts are stating that certain actions must be taken to ensure that cancer is detected early.
Oregon patients who are recovering from foot or ankle injuries may be interested to learn that physicians are being advised to opt for additional imaging or second opinions when diagnosing common injuries to these areas. Research showed that when these common areas were misdiagnosed, patients were potentially at risk for poor outcomes that included disability or arthritis.
The prostate-specific antigen test has generally been the standard way for doctors in Oregon and around the country to identify the signs of prostate cancer in older men, but the medical community has started to distance itself from the controversial procedure as questions about its reliability have grown more persistent. Critics of the test point out that it routinely identifies potential cancer in men who are later found to be cancer-free, and they say that this can lead to unnecessary and often debilitating treatment.
Accurately identifying certain diseases can be a challenge even for modern medical professionals. It is helpful for Oregon residents to understand the common reasons for misdiagnosis and what they should do if they are treated for the wrong conditions. A misdiagnosis can have serious health consequences and lead to unnecessary procedures, expenses and complications. While a great deal of research is being done to decrease the rates of misdiagnosis, many diseases are still commonly misdiagnosed.