Medical professionals generally associate colorectal cancer as a disease most likely in older members of the population. This serious disease often presents with symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, bloody stools, gas, cramps, fatigue and unexplained weight loss. Patients presenting with these symptoms may require additional testing to determine if cancer is present. This can include a colonoscopy.
A relatively young and healthy woman is unlikely to be concerned about suffering from a heart attack. She may not think to see a doctor if she experiences unexpected chest pain. If this pain leads her to go in to the Emergency Department (ED), she may agree when a doctor writes it off as stress or heartburn.
Colorectal cancer rates are rising in people under the age of 50—and yet many doctors still believe that this type of cancer doesn’t occur in young people. Indeed, a recent survey suggests that many young people who have colon cancer initially received misdiagnoses and saw multiple doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis.
Sepsis is a public health concern. Sepsis results in approximately 200,000 deaths in the United States every year. Unfortunately, exact data for sepsis is difficult to gather due to discrepancies with the definition.
Over 50 percent of women state that when they sought medical care based on the belief they were experiencing a heart attack, their medical care provider falsely stated their symptoms were not connected to a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction. Instead, the physician was more likely to point to a different concern such as acid reflux.
If you are like most people, you probably assume that doctors and nurses are keeping good medical records regarding your health and treatment. You may, however, want to rethink those assumptions.
A recent report published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology calls medical professionals to watch for encephalitis in patients diagnosed with other neurological disorders, like Parkinson disease.
While on a family vacation in Florida, a young woman experienced a panic attack. The woman had never suffered from panic attacks or anxiety in the past. Yet the symptoms continued to get worse. After seeking medical treatment upon her return home, medical professionals diagnosed the woman with bipolar disorder.
Quadriplegia is not a typical surgical outcome. In most cases, patients who undergo spinal surgery and experience paralysis as a result of the procedure are victims of adverse events. As such, these patients may be eligible for compensation to help cover the costs associated with the injury through a medical malpractice claim.
Many Arizona residents who experience symptoms such as a fever, headache and stiff neck simply assume they've contracted the latest strain of flu bug that's going around. If a doctor makes the same assumption without further checks, the results could be deadly. Some forms of meningitis exhibit those identical signs, but there are tests to help make the proper diagnosis.