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December 2017 Archives

Panel revises diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis

It may take some time for Connecticut patients to get a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and an erroneous diagnosis is not uncommon. One of the difficulties is that no single test can identify the disease. Instead, clinicians generally must rule out other causes of the presented symptoms and then use a number of processes including lab tests, medical history, a clinical examination, and an MRI of the brain.

Malpractice trends for spinal membrane tears after back surgery

Back pain sufferers in Connecticut sometimes turn to back surgery for relief. The procedures frequently result in incidental durotomy, which describes small tears on the membrane of the spinal cord. These tears sometimes prompt patients to file malpractice claims. A review of three legal databases revealed differences among cases that were decided in favor of the surgeon and those that benefited the patient.

A second HIV test could reduce HIV misdiagnosis

Connecticut parents may be interested to learn that a study found that testing infants who had a positive HIV test a second time could reduce misdiagnosis of HIV. Infants in vulnerable populations, such as South Africa, undergo nucleic acid amplification tests to look for an early HIV diagnosis. However, these tests are not 100 percent accurate, potentially resulting in misdiagnoses that can cause unnecessary stress and healthcare costs for parents. Although the World Health Organization recommends that infants undergo a second test, many are not given that second test.

Pharmacy staff involvement can cut medication errors

Going to the hospital is rarely a pleasant experience for people in Connecticut and around the United States; people usually only go to the emergency room when they are seriously and suddenly sick or injured. An additional concern that some people may have in the hospital is the possibility of a medication error. Powerful medications can have serious side effects, especially when incorrectly administered. In addition, patients may fail to receive the drugs they actually need if they are prescribed an incorrect medication.

Symptoms for pneumonia and lung cancer

Connecticut residents who are suffering from pneumonia or lung cancer may exhibit a range of symptoms. Both medical conditions originate in the lungs and share many of the same symptoms, which can make the conditions difficult for physicians to properly diagnose. However, the lung cancer symptoms are typically more severe.

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