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Gaucher disease, PMF and their misdiagnoses

Gaucher disease is a disorder where fatty materials begin to build up in organs like the liver and spleen as well as in the bone marrow. One of the primary symptoms is an enlargement of the liver and spleen; however, since this symptom is shared by another condition called primary myelofibrosis, the chances of a misdiagnosis are actually quite high. Doctors and patients alike in North Carolina may want to know more about this condition.

How the health care system treats women differently

When a woman in North Carolina tells a doctor that she is experiencing pain, she might be told that the pain isn't real. In the event that the cause of a woman's health issue isn't easy to diagnose, some doctors may assume that its a gynecological issue even if that isn't the case. There are many reasons why female patients have trouble being heard by their doctors and getting an accurate diagnosis of what ails them.

Cause of knee and thigh pain often misdiagnosed

North Carolina residents who have children who routinely suffer from pain in the thigh or knee may be interested to know that researchers have determined that there is a strong link between pre-disease obesity, slipped capital femoral epiphysis and area-level socioeconomic deprivation. The researchers found that children who have pain in their thigh or knee, instead of in their hip, had a reduced likelihood of receiving a diagnosis of slipped capital femoral epiphysis.

Later diagnosis of diabetes may be cancer symptom

A new study has found that patients in North Carolina and across the United States who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after the age of 50 may actually be displaying an early symptom of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is currently one of the deadliest types of cancer with an average five-year survival rate of 8 percent.

Dancing doctor sued by at least seven women

People in North Carolina might be interested in learning about a Georgia doctor who is being sued by seven women for medical malpractice. The doctor, a dermatologist, posted several videos of herself dancing and singing while standing over her patients when they were sedated.

Patient matching errors in the private health care sector

In North Carolina and across the U.S., numerous hospitals, medical practices and long-term and post-acute care providers are being plagued by patient matching errors. This leads to the electronic exchange of faulty patient information, which in turn means patients are at risk for being treated for the wrong conditions. Meanwhile, the diagnosis of their actual condition will be delayed or lost altogether.

Surgical errors can cause serious damage

When people in North Carolina go to the hospital, they may hesitate to even think about the danger of a surgical error or another serious medical mistake. Surgery on the wrong part of the body, incorrect medical procedures or procedures intended for other patients are some of the most serious types of medical errors that can happen in a health care facility. No such mistakes should ever take place.

The issue of misdiagnoses among mitochondrial patients

Mitochondrial patients in North Carolina may be interested in a recent survey published in the medical journal Neurology Genetics. Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center sent a 25-item questionnaire to 210 patients who had self-reported mitochondrial disease, and the results were rather startling.

The truth about penicillin allergies

About 10 percent of people are informed that they have an allergy to penicillin at some point in their lives. However, it is possible that a North Carolina resident who thinks that he or she has such an allergy can actually use the medicine safely. According to data from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 76 percent of children labeled as allergic to penicillin had only minor symptoms.

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