Category Archives: Misdiagnosis
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, African Americans are at risk for receiving incorrect results from genetic tests for an inherited heart disorder. Specifically, doctors may misinterpret these tests and give a medical misdiagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition, which causes a hardening of the heart walls, is known for triggering the sudden death of athletes who were otherwise healthy. What Happens When Genetic Testing Causes a Medical Misdiagnosis? The effects of being misdiagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are devastating. Patients go through life believing they could die at any moment. They may receive unnecessary medical follow-ups, or told to avoid physically demanding activities. Patients may also undergo unnecessary surgery to implant heart defibrillators. A recent Wall Street Journal article shared the story of a family that received incorrect information from genetic testing. After a 13-year-old boy died from sudden heart failure, more than 20…
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The Florida Board of Medicine may revoke the license of a doctor who failed to treat one of his cancer patients with chemotherapy. According to Florida Health Department officials involved in the case, there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the doctor committed medical malpractice and financially exploited his patient. This doctor’s failure to diagnose led to the death of his patient. The case involves a 23-year-old college senior with Hodgkin’s lymphoma who had difficulty accepting her diagnosis. After her initial diagnosis, she sought a second, third and fourth opinion. All of the medical centers she went to confirmed she had cancer. These medical centers also confirmed that she had an 80 percent chance of beating the cancer if she were to receive chemotherapy. Eventually, the young woman ended up in the office of the doctor that now stands accused of medical malpractice. This doctor practiced “integrative medicine,” which combines…
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Reports released by British Medical Journal and other publications suggest medical errors have becoming a leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors can happen for various reasons, but some mistakes are more common than others. Diagnostic errors are the most common medical mistake. According to a study published in the medical journal BMJ Quality & Safety, 12 million adult patients are misdiagnosed every year. This amounts to 1 in 20 adult patients seen by doctors across the country. Additional statistics uncovered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that 28 percent of diagnostic errors resulted in death or permanent disability. Patients who are misdiagnosed can have their quality of life plummet. The Washington Post interviewed a former cancer patient who described how his misdiagnosis robbed him of the ability to speak. According to the man, doctors diagnosed his reoccurring throat pain with acid reflux disease….
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