Five Illnesses That Doctors Often Misdiagnose

When a patient receives medical advice and recommendations, he or she can sometimes assume that the doctor is giving a perfect diagnosis every time. However, human error occurs and there are times where your doctor will make a mistake. Depending on the illness and the combination of symptoms, a doctor could misdiagnose you and the illness you have. 5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses Parkinson’s disease. Currently no official lab tests can confirm Parkinson’s disease. Because of this, it will be completely up to your doctor to observe your condition and make any decisions based on what you tell them. This makes…

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Lab Errors: These Mistakes Can Be Deadly | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

An article in the Boston Globe last week, by Jonathan Salzman,  reports that a lawsuit has been filed by a patient who had surgery to remove his prostate after being told that he had prostate cancer.   Our blog mentioned this case last week.  The surgery left him incontinent.  Tragically, he did not have prostate cancer. It was a lab error.  The lab technician mistakenly mixed up his results with that of another patient.  As a result, this patient had a surgery he did not need and must now wear adult diapers and live with the consequences.  Another patient reportedly…

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Early Diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer is Critical | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Each year in America there are approximately 16,000 new diagnoses of esphogeal cancer, reports an article in Medical New Today.  Unfortunately, according to the report, only 10% of those diagnosed survive the disease.  The principal reason for this alarming statistic is the lack of early detection. It is widely recognized that smokers are predisposed to esophageal cancer.  However, as the article points out, there are several other contributing factors, including: Excessive alcohol consumption; Obesity; Lye ingestion; and, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn. We encourage our readers to speak…

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Is a Mammogram Worth it? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire For decades women have been advised to undergo mammograms to screen for breast cancer.  Routine exams, especially after age 50,  are highly recommended.  It was recently reported in a New York Times article, however, that British medical experts came to the conclusion that mammographies may do more harm than good.  The so-called experts suggest that for every life saved by the procedure at least one other person is forced to endure unnecessary and invasive procedures to treat slow-growing cancers that would otherwise cause no harm if left untreated. Many experts, including the American Cancer…

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