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Diagnosis Errors Archives

When Back Pain is a Calling Card for a More Serious Problem

Spinal Epidural Abscess (SEA), is occurring with greater frequency in our population but it is an often misdiagnosed cause of back pain that can result in serious consequences including paralysis if not detected and treated correctly. If SEA is diagnosed, surgery must be performed immediately to prevent these serious consequences.

Infantile Spasms Require Timely Action

Infantile spasms are a type of seizure occurring in early childhood. They are characterized by a baby's arm and leg muscles stiffening and their heads bending forward. Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating infantile spasm as a delay in treatment can be associated with adverse neurological outcomes.

Diagnosis errors can greatly harm patients

Some medical conditions are urgent in nature and require an accurate and prompt diagnosis. Some of these conditions include heart attacks and strokes, which necessitate immediate treatment. Other conditions, such as cancer need rapid treatment as well, to attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.

Study: Diagnosis Errors Are No. 1 Reason For Malpractice Payouts

malpractice-thumb-140x140-19835-thumb-140x140-19873-thumb-140x140-19874.jpgDiagnosis errors account for more than 35 percent of all medical malpractice claim payouts, according to a study published by BMJ Quality and Safety. In malpractice suits involving wrongful death of the patient, a diagnosis mistake was involved 41 percent of the time.

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