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Study shows that mammograms may lead to misdiagnoses

A new study shows that as many as one-third of all tumors revealed by mammograms may be benign, and focus on mammography may have resulted in the overdiagnosis of breast cancer in more than a million women in the past 30 years. However, avoiding mammograms may lead to failure to diagnose malignant cancers as well.The study purports that rising breast cancer survival rates are more likely due to improvements in treatment rather than screening. The author argues that the overuse of mammograms results in the identification of non-threatening tumors; these diagnoses then subject 70,000 women per year to needless surgery. The improvements in screening have led to the identification of previously missed tumors that, in the past, would have been left alone and would not have caused illness, according to the study. Detractors of the study claim that this theory is part of a campaign to cut back on screening tests in an effort to reduce healthcare costs.

Can hospitals do anything to combat so-called superbugs?

When people in Kentucky or Ohio are ill enough to be admitted to a hospital, it's logical for them to assume that they will not get sicker merely from being admitted to a hospital. However, a strain of drug-resistant bacteria known by the ominous nicknames researchers have given them -- "superbugs" -- is making a hospital visit potentially dangerous.

The failure to diagnose cancer in young adults

Unfortunately, even obvious symptoms can be missed by physicians. For this reason, patients from Ohio and Kentucky can always use a second opinion if they suspect something is being missed or misdiagnosed. One illness that is increasingly being misdiagnosed among patients under the age of 50 is cancer - in particular colorectal cancer.

A failure to diagnose leads to amputation of student's arm

A former Ohio University student is claiming that an incorrect diagnosis led to her arm being unnecessarily amputated. The student had three times reported to the medical facility complaining about severe pain, fever and nausea. Each time she was mistakenly diagnosed with sore throat, muscle pain and anxiety when in fact she was suffering from a flesh eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis.

Woman with headache sent home and ends up paralyzed

A physician's failure to diagnose a problem may be a common event, but it often can also lead catastrophic consequences. Out in the western U.S. a jury just returned a $3.9 million verdict against a physician who sent a woman home that was suffering from severe migraine headaches and extremely high blood pressure.

Veterans' psychiatric maladies often misdiagnosed

Many veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from a variety of mental ailments brought on by what they have seen. Too often, these same veterans are being turned away from various VA Hospitals and are not receiving the treatment that they need. Now such hospitals are finding their selves on the wrong side of accusations in their failure to diagnose mental and psychiatric issues that are being presented.

Failure to provide mentally ill patient hospital care

The mentally ill often do not get the care that they need, and the severity of their illness is often misdiagnosed. A 30-year old man from Ohio who had been hospitalized a number of times for schizophrenia nevertheless was able to get behind the wheel of a car 18 days after he had attempted suicide. The young man then slammed his car head on into another vehicle killing him and an individual riding in the other vehicle.

Misdiagnosis of a pulmonary embolism results in death

A patient has arrived at the hospital with complaints of chest pains and shortness of breath. The doctor failed to diagnose his condition, suggested that the patient was suffering from a virus and instead of treating him told the patient he go home. No medication was prescribed and it appears the only treatment suggested was bed rest. The patient went home but felt that something much worse was wrong than a virus. He then wrote up his will and a short time later died.

Failure to diagnose breast cancer

An Ohio woman noticed a large knot on her right breast and went to the hospital to get it checked out. The original diagnosis was fibrous cyst. Sometime later, the next diagnosis was an infection. Finally, after some delay, an ultrasound and mammogram diagnosed the problem as stage III breast cancer. This misdiagnosis and/or failure to diagnose did not cause such a delay that the cancer became untreatable, but other women in similar circumstances have not been that fortunate.

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