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.
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.
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.
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.
A study from the University of Pennsylvania has noted that Type 1 diabetes is on the rise among children. For children under the age of five, the increase in Type 1 cases has been as much as 70 percent over the last 35 years.
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.
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.
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.
It is estimated that 000 individuals 300, living in the western Pennsylvania area have been afflicted with diabetes. Yet though the disease is common, it is also complex and manifests itself in different ways.
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.