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Side effects for mesothelioma immunotherapy often misdiagnosed

There are two main types of treatment for North Carolina patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma: chemotherapy and immunotherapy. While immunotherapy usually has side effects that are less severe than chemotherapy, there are cases where they can be severe and highly unpredictable. Since immunotherapy is a newer treatment, the side effects can potentially be misdiagnosed.

Pain after knee replacement could be misdiagnosed

Knee surgery can be a difficult experience for North Carolina patients. It's an intense surgical procedure with anticipated pain and a complex recovery period. However, there is also a danger of a misdiagnosis of the cause of lingering, unexplained pain following total knee arthroplasty. When physicians use older criteria to diagnose CPRS, or complex regional pain syndrome, patients could receive an incorrect diagnosis. The misdiagnosis could worsen the patient's health condition and lead to greater levels of pain.

When the flu may be something more serious

North Carolina residents who believe that they have the flu might actually have an infection caused by flesh-eating bacteria. Called necrotizing fasciitis, this condition is contracted when bacteria enters through a cut in the skin. A variety of different types of bacteria, including group A strep, could be responsible for a person contracting necrotizing fasciitis. In some cases, it only takes a few hours before a person experiences symptoms.

Medical errors can give rise to malpractice claims

For many people in North Carolina, a medical mishap can be a real nightmare. When people go in for medical treatment, especially for serious care like surgery or other treatments requiring hospitalization, they expect that they will emerge healthier and better off. However, in some cases, serious medical mistakes can lead to real problems for patients that suffer the effects of a physician's carelessness, negligence or incompetence while in surgery.

Studies shows more lawsuits for male dermatologists

Some North Carolina patients might be more satisfied with their care coming from a female dermatologist than from a male one. According to a study that appeared in JAMA Dermatology on Dec. 6, female dermatologists are less likely to be sued than their male counterparts. Male doctors had a 250 percent higher chance of being sued.

Robotics are poised to increase accuracy of breast tumor biopsies

The discovery of a lump or other anomaly in breast tissue can be a scary thing. The good news is that for people in North Carolina as well as across the country, advances in diagnosing and treating breast cancer have helped to increase survival rates exponentially.

Study reveals how durotomy med mal cases tend to be judged

Incidental durotomy is a condition where small tears or punctures develop on the outer membrane of the spinal cord, and it is often caused indirectly by spinal surgery. When it is quickly recognized and treated, it will not affect the patient's long-term health. However, when it is not recognized, or when a treatment to repair it fails, surgeons may face lawsuits. North Carolina surgical patients may be interested in a published study that revealed the criteria that durotomy cases tend to be judged by.

Diagnosing HIV

According to a report issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control, an unsettling number of people in North Carolina and the rest of nation have HIV for a significant amount of time before their condition is diagnosed, even while the rate of detection has been improving. This includes individuals who have been examined by their physician.

Understanding and diagnosing bronchospasm

North Carolina patients who suffer from bronchospasms may experience a reduction in their airflow by up to 15 percent. This is because bronchospasms occur when the muscles of the lungs and tubes that allow air to come into the body constrict or tighten. While bronchospasms are not contagious in themselves, the viruses and bacteria that can cause them can be transmitted to others.

Electronic health records and medical errors

When patients enter North Carolina hospitals, it is likely that their medical records are accessed by computers. The days of physical file folders and filing cabinets are quickly giving way to electronic health records (EHR). It is estimated that only 4 percent of hospitals in the United States have not made the switch to EHR. However, these systems aren't perfect. A recent analysis of malpractice claims revealed that the percentage of EHR-related patient injuries has risen sharply in the past decade.

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