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Spinal Cord Injuries – Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a condition that is often misdiagnosed. To diagnoses CES, doctors should look at medical history, do physical examination and order an MRI. The syndrome occurs when the nerve roots of the cauda equina are compressed. The cauda equina is the lowermost area of the spinal cord. The spinal cord ends at the upper portion of the lumbar spine. Due to pressure on the lower nerve

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Watch out for these commonly misdiagnosed conditions

You expect your doctor to provide an accurate and timely diagnosis, regardless of your medical condition, but mistakes can and do happen. The more you understand about commonly misdiagnosed conditions, the easier it is to protect yourself. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), approximately five percent of adults who seek outpatient care experience a missed, inaccurate…

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These common medical conditions are often misdiagnosed

When you seek treatment for any type of medical condition, you assume that your doctor will provide the right care. Unfortunately, even the most experienced doctors can make mistakes. Some medical conditions are more likely to be misdiagnosed than others, including: Heart attack: You would think a heart attack would be easy to diagnose, but this is not always the…

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Seek a second opinion to prevent living with misdiagnoses

It’s hard to be sure if the reason you’re not feeling better is because your doctor made a mistake or because a treatment simply isn’t working. Some conditions may not respond to treatments created for others. For example, if your doctor believes you have epilepsy and treats you for it but the reality is that you’re having mini strokes, then…

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Is it a stroke? Think FAST

-Rob Lewis Unfortunately, in our business, we see a lot of bad outcomes from poor medical care. As the saying goes, however, sometimes “the best defense, is a strong offense”. This is particularly true in the case of ischemic stroke. It has been known to doctors and nurses for sometime and if they aggressively treat the stroke with a powerful…

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Listen closely: The stethoscope is dying

There are two sides of the stethoscope debate: those doctors who say the listening device is dead or dying and those physicians who say the instruments are still useful and are likely to be important for years to come. No matter which side of the debate your Covington doctor is aligned with, it’s likely that he or she agrees that…

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Survey: Why are doctors sued for medical malpractice?

It seems likely that many of our Covington readers could answer the question that was at the heart of a recent Medscape survey of more than 4,000 primary care doctors and specialists: Why are physicians sued for medical malpractice? The bottom line is that they are sued when they are negligent and that negligence causes harm to a patient. The…

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University settles medical malpractice lawsuits

A two-hour drive northeast of Covington lands you in Dublin, Ohio. The Columbus suburb is home to a family that recently settled a lawsuit in which they alleged medical malpractice caused the wrongful death of a family member. A 38-year-old Dublin man was not properly diagnosed at the university’s Dublin medical center, the family and man’s estate alleged in the…

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Study: most Americans get at least one incorrect or delayed diagnosis

It’s common knowledge that in order to get helpful medical treatments, you must first be properly diagnosed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, a new study indicates that most Americans will receive at least one incorrect or delayed diagnosis in their lives, an article in the Lexington Herald-Leader states. The Institute of Medicine report calls for rapid changes to our health…

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Doctor-owned insurer looks at why patients sue

When a Covington patient is injured by a doctor, we don’t ask the physician to decide if he or she has done wrong. Doctors are simply human. They can’t be objective about what they do any more than folks in other professions can. When allegations of negligence and medical malpractice are made, we have a court decide the merits of…

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Doctor accused of aggravated assaults on patients

Sometimes people make a point about how simple a problem is by saying, “this isn’t brain surgery.” That’s because operations on the human brain — the most important and least understood organ — are typically carried out by some of the most skilled surgeons anywhere. However, a neurosurgeon far from Covington is making headlines; not for his skill or compassion,…

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