medical malpractice Archives

Not all tremors are caused by Parkinson's

Georgia residents who notice tremors in their hands may believe that they have Parkinson's disease. In some cases, their doctors may also believe that they have this condition. However, there are medical conditions that can mimic the symptoms that Parkinson's causes. For instance, if shaking only occurs while a person is active, they could have an essential tremor. Unlike Parkinson's, this may not require treatment and generally won't get progressively worse over time.

Pediatric brain cancer patients frequently misdiagnosed

Children with brain tumors in Georgia and around the country are being regularly misdiagnosed, according to a study published in October. The research found that traditional methods are leading to young patients receiving the wrong diagnosis and, as a result, the wrong treatments.

Dementia misdiagnoses can hurt patients' chances

Misdiagnosis can cause serious problems for people in Georgia who have Lewy body dementia. The disease is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease because it can present with initial symptoms similar to either of these. If it is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's, the patient may be prescribed certain medications that they'll respond poorly to, or the patient may not be prescribed medications that could work well.

Radiology mistakes can be deadly

When people in Georgia go in for a scan or other radiological assessment, it can be critical that they receive a correct diagnosis the first time. Incorrect diagnoses can be particularly dangerous when it comes to radiology. New statistics show that around 80 percent of malpractice claims related to radiology involve mistaken interpretations of test results and misdiagnoses. Furthermore, 80 percent of those claims are very severe and include permanent injury or death as the results of the medical mistake.

New test could diagnose lung cancer earlier

According to findings from the Circulating Cell-Free Genome Atlas study, or CCGA, it may be possible to use DNA in the blood to detect the early signs of lung cancer. However, researchers caution that testing needs to be done on larger groups of people before such a process could be widely used. If future tests confirm the preliminary findings, Georgia residents and others could be diagnosed after having blood drawn at a doctor's office.

How to minimize nurse practitioner liability

Both nurse practitioners and primary care physicians could be liable in medical malpractice cases. Therefore, it is important that practices take steps to reduce the odds that this happens. The first way to do this is to figure out what a nurse practitioner can do in a given state. By following Georgia or other relevant state law, there are fewer opportunities for such a person to go beyond his or her scope.

Reprecussions of mesothelioma immunotherapy

Georgia residents who opt for immunotherapy in lieu of chemotherapy to treat their mesothelioma may find that it has severe side effects. The side effects associated with the treatment are often misdiagnosed, which can result in patients not obtaining immediate relief.

Women can suffer from sexism in heart treatment

Women in Georgia may have particular reason to be concerned about the threat of heart disease. While it is already known that one out of every three women's deaths each year in the United States can be attributed to cardiovascular disease, women do not always receive the same kind of care for heart disease that men do. In the year following a heart attack, women are much more likely to die than men. However, this does not indicate decreased resilience or stronger effects on women's hearts but, most frequently, a difference in medical care.