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Posts tagged "misdiagnosis"

Three symptoms often overlooked at the doctor's office

Medication side effects, pneumonia and high blood pressure are common symptoms that are all too frequently misdiagnosed by doctors. These types of symptoms should be picked up when a patient is visiting his doctor, but close to two-thirds of diagnosis errors occur while someone is actually at the doctor's office.

Tight schedules for doctors can lead to medical malpractice

A new study appears to demonstrate that many medical misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose type mistakes come about because physicians are expected to do too much in the short time that they spend with their patients. Schedules for doctors in Pittsburgh and across the country are becoming increasingly tighter, and the timeframe for communicating with patients have often been shortened.

Missed meningitis diagnosis led to brain damage?

A mother is claiming that the failure to diagnose her daughter's viral meningitis has now led to the girl being brain damaged. By bringing a lawsuit against the doctor, the woman says she hopes there will be more awareness concerning meningitis, and that doctors will be urged to perform more spinal taps if a patient exhibits symptoms of the disease.

Missed diagnosis all too common medical error

A study was conducted concerning medical mistakes made by physicians. When examining electronic medical records, one of the greatest surprises for researchers was to find the number of instances involving delayed or missed diagnosis.

Pennsylvania PTSD never properly diagnosed or treated

A federal judge awarded a former soldier $3.7 million concerning a hospital's failure to properly diagnose or provide treatment concerning the veteran's post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The veteran in question lives in Pennsylvania, and the lawsuit named a VA Hospital here in Pennsylvania as well.

Failure to diagnose may have led to patient's loss of use of hand

An Illinois man has brought a lawsuit against a hospital for his losing part use of his hand. The patient was admitted with cuts to his left middle and index fingers that came about due to a fall, and he was complaining of numbness and pain.

Patient's untreated infection leads to amputations

A patient wakes up and discovers that his hands and legs have been amputated due to an infection called methicillan-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). This infection was originally misdiagnosed and, because it was left untreated, eventually resulted in the need for the removal of the limbs.

False positives and ovarian cancer screenings

A problem with a misdiagnosis is that it can ultimately lead to a number of unnecessary medical procedures. It has recently been found that screenings for ovarian cancer often lead to what are called false-positives - leading doctors to believe a patient has ovarian cancer when they do not.

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