Polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and fibroids are all conditions that cause women excruciating pain and are pretty well known. Washington residents may be interested in learning about a condition of the reproductive system that is not as well known but should be. It is called adenomyosis.
It is important for individuals to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of serious diseases in order to seek treatment early and in order to have the best chance of curing the disease. Washington residents may be interested in learning about the signs and symptoms of bone cancer in order to seek care as soon as possible. When patients are familiar with some of these symptoms, they can work closely with their doctor and potentially prevent a misdiagnosis.
Hidradenitis suppurativa, or HS, is a painful and progressive skin disease that afflicts approximately 1 in 100 people. Although it is not classified as a rare disease, people in Washington suffering from the skin lesions and boils associated with HS will likely encounter physicians who do not recognize the disease. A survey of patients showed that 64% of them had to see five or more physicians before an accurate HS diagnosis occurred. The mean amount of time that people spent struggling with HS before diagnosis equaled 10 years.
Every year, some 12 million Americans are incorrectly diagnosed by a doctor, and bad judgment is behind much of it. One study analyzed 55,377 medical malpractice claims and found that 86% were due to errors in judgment. Washington residents should know that these errors can stem from gaps in the doctor's knowledge, inattention and, perhaps most crucially, implicit bias.
Stress, even momentary stress, can raise the risk for surgeons committing errors in the operating room. Those in Washington who are about to undergo surgery may want to know what researchers from the Data Science Institute at Columbia University have to say about this trend.
According to research from Johns Hopkins University, every year in Washington and across the US, medical errors contribute to over 250,000 deaths -- in other words, about 10% of all the deaths in the nation. Many of these medical errors are related to radiology. While only 3% to 5% of standard radiology exams result in mistakes, the rate of error is much higher with CT scans and MRIs. False-positive readings can be involved in 30% of diagnoses.
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign provides care bundles for the treatment of sepsis. Previous bundles gave directions for three- and six-hour treatments, but now there is an SSC care bundle with a one-hour treatment. Residents of Washington should know what this treatment involves and whether it will be an improvement on previous care bundles.
Inaccurate and delayed diagnoses are to blame for more than a third of all medical malpractice claims. Of these, 74% are diagnostic errors related to one of three conditions -- cancer, vascular events and infection. Washington residents should know that this was the conclusion of a study published on July 11 in the peer-reviewed journal Diagnosis.
Research conducted by Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine highlights the ways in which a misdiagnosis can potentially harm a patient. The study centered on a medical condition referred to as burning mouth syndrome. BMS is a complex and painful affliction that manifests in recurring or chronic scalding, tingling, or burning feeling in the person's mouth. It can sometimes include a sensation of dry mouth or a metallic taste.