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Posts tagged "Failure to Diagnose"

Being aware of childhood cancer

Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer, and each year, 12 percent of the 40,000 children who receive cancer treatment do not survive. During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, organizations work to spread important information regarding the issues surrounding cancer in children. Parents in Oregon and across the nation may benefit from learning about the cancers issues that could possibly affect their children.

Complexities of diagnosing dementia

Oregon residents know that getting a correct diagnosis when facing a disease that affects the brain's function can mean the difference in getting appropriate treatment. In addition, it might affect the outcome. According to a report issued by Neurology Advisor, causation in terms of dementia is multifaceted, and determining the source is an essential part of the diagnosis.

Medical errors common but largely unreported

When Oregon patients die from medical mistakes, the death certificates usually don't list 'medical error" as the cause of death. In most cases, the physiological cause of death is listed even if a patient died as a direct result of a surgical mistake or a delayed diagnosis. Incomplete death certificates are just one example of how serious medical mistakes go unreported.

Even when you trust your doctor, a second opinion could be wise

Doctors in Oregon sometimes face the difficult task of telling patients bad news. When a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness, however, they may not consider that the doctor could be wrong. Even if someone trusts their doctor, getting a second opinion could be a good idea.

Hormone discovery may hold promise for young PCOS sufferers

Teens in Oregon who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, are at risk of misdiagnosis due to overlap between the syndrome's symptoms and commonplace side effects of puberty. For instance, girls with PCOS may experience irregular menstruation. Unfortunately, this condition can also occur in girls going through normal adolescence. However, scientists in Greece have recently discovered a new hormone that may act as a distinguishing hallmark of PCOS.

Examining biases to reduce rates of misdiagnosis

Researchers have tried to develop a workshop that reduces the possibility of bias regarding diagnostic practices. Medical professionals and patients in Oregon might be worried to learn that the study showed that health care providers will probably keep misdiagnosing patients because of the assumptions they make unless they examine biases.

How medical professionals can improve patient outcomes

According to a study published in a peer-reviewed journal, on an annual basis 1 out of 20 patients who go to a hospital are misdiagnosed. This translates to 12 million Americans each year, and it means that misdiagnosis is statistically a bigger problem than drug errors. To reduce the odds that a patient is misdiagnosed, both the doctor and the patient should communicate well with each other. Hospital administrators in Oregon and elsewhere may be able to point doctors toward training programs that may help with their communication skills.

Procedures may prevent wrong-sided anesthetic block

When some Oregon patients undergo surgery, they often receive a peripheral nerve block to prevent excess pain. While surgeons usually mark where the block needs to go, the anesthesiologist is the doctor who actually does the procedure. After prepping the patient and turning them over, there is a risk of blocking the wrong limb.

Study highlights MS misdiagnosis issues

A study published in the journal Neurology on Aug. 31 suggests that multiple sclerosis is routinely mistaken for other common medical conditions in patients in Oregon and around the country. The findings were the result of research done by 24 MS specialist neurologists across the United States. One of the reasons why MS is commonly misdiagnosed is because there is no blood test or biomarker that can be used to find it in a patient.


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