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Some common skin conditions are easily misdiagnosed

North Carolina readers may have heard that medical misdiagnoses are a major problem in the U.S. However, it isn't always a medical professional who is to blame for the error. There are times when a patient may attempt to diagnose themselves and end up doing more harm than good. This is particularly true with skin conditions.

Diagnosing cardiomyopathy

When a North Carolina resident has cardiomyopathy, they essentially have a heart that becomes enlarged, thick or rigid. As the condition continues to worsen, the heart has an increasingly more difficult time pumping enough blood to the body and maintaining a normal rhythm. While many patients never experience signs or symptoms of cardiomyopathy, others do.

Diabetes cases may be misdiagnosed

Most people in North Carolina and elsewhere may be aware of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 occurs when the body kills its own insulin while type 2 occurs when the body cannot make enough insulin. However, there is a third type of diabetes that may be caused by damage to the pancreas. This type of diabetes may be misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes in some patients. A misdiagnosis may require a patient to spend time and money on treatments that may not work.

Study examines medication liability claims

North Carolina patients who are prescribed opioids or anticoagulants may be at a greater risk of a medical error than those who take other types of medications. According to a study by the insurer Coverys, around one-quarter of liability claims were related to opioids while 16 percent were related to anticoagulants. In 15 percent of cases, there were opioid claims along with allegations of inappropriate physician behavior.

Race may play role in breast cancer survival rates

According to a report from the American Cancer Society, the death rates for women with breast cancer have come down in recent years overall. However, not all patients in North Carolina or elsewhere face the same outcomes. White women have a 39 percent greater chance of surviving breast cancer than black women based on data from 2015. Similar differences in patient outcomes between white and black patients were observed in the 1980s.

How patients can get better care from doctors

North Carolina doctors may not be spending as much time with their patients as the patients would like. However, representatives from Saint Vincent's Healthcare and Billings Clinic have suggestions for how patients can get the most from an appointment. Ideally, patients will stick to talking about the symptoms that led them to see a doctor in the first place. As a general rule, it may be best to stick to two problems per appointment.

Failing to diagnose macular degeneration

North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that, according to a study, about 25 percent of age-related macular degeneration is missed by eye care professionals. Because this condition can result in a loss of eyesight, failing to diagnose AMD can have serious implications for older adults who are at risk for developing it.

Revealing private health info could be considered malpractice

Some New Jersey residents may be interested in learning about whether it constitutes malpractice to disclose information about a person's HIV status. Although medical errors are commonly understood to be forms of malpractice, not everyone is aware that revealing private information without consent can also be an act of misconduct. In general, patients enjoy a right to privacy concerning their medical information that doctors are legally required to respect.

Diagnosing soft tissue sarcomas

North Carolina doctors who believe that a patient could have a soft tissue sarcoma use a number of tools to make a diagnosis. They can also use tests to determine where the cancer is in the body and if it has spread to other areas. The type of diagnostic tests that are used depend on the person's signs and symptoms, medical condition and the results of earlier tests.

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