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Hidradenitis suppurativa: an often misdiagnosed skin disease

Montana residents should be aware that there is a little-known skin condition called hidradenitis suppurativa, and it's the subject of many misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses. A July 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published the results of a survey where 64% of HS patients said they had to visit five or more physicians before being formally diagnosed with it. Some had to wait over a decade for the correct diagnosis.

Primary care doctors, outpatient facilities cause medical errors

It is estimated that between 210,000 and 440,000 people are killed or injured due to preventable medical errors in Montana and across the United States each year. Many people assume that busy hospital emergency rooms are to blame for these statistics; however, medical personnel in primary care and outpatient facilities also share the blame.

Some memory loss traced to TBIs rather than Alzheimer's

Montana residents who know someone who suffers from memory loss should know that not all such cases stem from Alzheimer's disease. Some can be the result of a traumatic brain injury from the past. A new UCLA study has found that MRI scans can be critical in distinguishing between the two causes and in thus preventing Alzheimer's misdiagnoses.

Doctors warn against misdiagnosis of sepsis

Many Montana residents are worried about the potential dangers posed by infections, especially because serious infections can be deadly. If a patient goes into sepsis, he or she could die because of the way the body responds to the presence of an infectious agent. While treatment of sepsis or septic shock is critical to save lives, the wrong treatment decisions can also be dangerous. Physicians have raised questions about a campaign that aims to begin specific treatments for sepsis within one hour after medical professionals recognize the condition.

Study finds three conditions that are frequently misdiagnosed

In July 2019, the journal Diagnosis published a study showing how the majority of medical malpractice claims arise because of the misdiagnosis of three conditions: cancer, vascular events and infections. If medical experts focused on reducing these three types of misdiagnoses, there would be fewer instances of patient injury and death in Montana and across the U.S.

Surgeons' unprofessional behavior leads to patient complications

Every year in Montana and across the U.S., surgeons perform an average of 7 million procedures. Between 70% and 80% of surgeons are never reported by co-workers for unprofessional behavior. The remainder, though, are putting patients at a higher risk for post-operative complications. This is the finding of a new study published in JAMA Surgery.

Wrong-site surgery still common

According to estimates, there are between 40 and 60 wrong-site surgeries every week nationwide. These mistakes can cause severe damages that may affect Montana patients for a lifetime. Taking a time out is the practice of medical personnel to have a meeting prior to surgery. This procedure allows for doctors and medical staff to review the case and voice any concerns they have.

Colon cancer frequently misdiagnosed in young patients

The American Association for Cancer Research has presented the results of a study showing that colorectal cancer is being frequently misdiagnosed among young adult patients. Montana residents should know that the symptoms of colorectal cancer include vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, blood in stool, fatigue and inexplicable weight loss.

Study finds that fibromyalgia is frequently misdiagnosed

Fibromyalgia sufferers in Montana typically experience widespread pain, fatigue and other symptoms that may affect quality of life. The chronic rheumatic condition is also difficult for doctors to properly diagnose. This is why it's a condition frequently misdiagnosed -- at least that's the conclusion from a study that compared clinician diagnoses and published criteria.

Study suggests most people aren't allergic to penicillin

A common allergy reported by people in Montana and other states seeking medical treatment is penicillin. However, a new study suggests most individuals are not actually allergic to this widely used antibiotic. Published in a leading medical journal, the study concluded that 95 percent of the estimated 32 million people believed to be allergic to penicillin can take this medicine without experiencing reactions. Penicillin is an antibacterial drug with a long history of being used to help patients with bacterial infections.

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