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Misdiagnosis a factor in vaping-related illnesses

As vaping-related lung injuries are reported more frequently in Hawaii and across the country, some people may be suffering more due to misdiagnosis. Doctors across the country as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are struggling to understand why hundreds of people have suddenly become ill with a serious lung disease after vaping or using e-cigarettes. Vapes have been on the market for years and are popular internationally, but the disease appears to be occurring mostly in the United States. People are reporting to doctors' offices and hospitals with shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting and fatigue, and some of them are showing signs of a serious lung illness.

Radiology errors and how to reduce their likelihood

Residents of Hawaii who have an X-ray done may not have to worry much about the possibility of misdiagnosis, but those who undergo an MRI or CT scan are at a higher risk. Errors from false-positive readings can occur in 30% of diagnoses involving these two radiology exams. Radiology errors are among the most serious with 80% of missed diagnosis claims in radiology ending in either permanent injury or death according to Coverys.

The different ways malpractice can occur

Patients in Hawaii could fall victim to many different medical errors, some of which may rise to the level of medical malpractice. One common reason for malpractice claims is a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis. Failing to diagnose a condition in a timely manner may prevent the patient from seeking the treatment that they need while it can still be effective.

Burning in the mouth is not always burning mouth syndrome

A burning in the mouth is a symptom found in many conditions, including dry mouth syndrome, diabetes and anemia. However, many patients in Hawaii and across the U.S. are being diagnosed with burning mouth syndrome the moment doctors realize that this is one of the symptoms. It is a misdiagnosis that leads to some patients never getting the correct treatment. Others have to see several doctors before being correctly diagnosed.

Study of MS misdiagnosis may help improve diagnostic procedures

Multiple sclerosis is frequently misdiagnosed because its symptoms are similar to those of other conditions. These symptoms can also vary from patient to patient. As for how frequently the condition goes unnoticed, this was the subject of a new study conducted by researchers at UCLA and the Cedars-Sinai Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center. Hawaii residents may be interested in the results.

Study finds most schizophrenia patients only suffer from anxiety

The results of a recent study suggest that more than half of the people in Hawaii and throughout the country who are diagnosed with schizophrenia each year may only suffer from anxiety. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University studied the cases of 54 patients who were referred to a Baltimore clinic after being diagnosed with schizophrenia by a general practitioner, and they found that only 26 of them actually suffered from the condition. Most of the patients were eventually diagnosed with either anxiety or some sort of mood disorder.

Reports find misdiagnosis behind majority of malpractice claims

Diagnostic errors have long been known to be a leading factor in malpractice among hospitalized patients. However, separate reports from two malpractice insurers have found that such mistakes are behind the majority of all medical malpractice claims. Residents of Hawaii may be interested to know the conclusions of these reports.

EHR usability issues behind many medication errors

A study published in December 2018 has shown that electronic health records, despite their advantages, can sometimes contribute to safety errors in medicine. Hawaii residents, especially those with children who take medication, should take note that EHR issues are behind an estimated 50 percent of all pediatric safety errors.

Pediatric brain tumors frequently misdiagnosed

Children in Hawai'i who have been diagnosed with brain cancer may have a reason for additional testing following discoveries made by research scientists. According to researchers, some children with rare pediatric brain tumors have been misdiagnosed with one type of cancer when they actually have another. Scientists found that when these tumors' molecular profiles were examined using newly developed technologies, they were found to be far different than they originally appeared. The type of tumor in question, called a CNS-PNET, was traditionally diagnosed based on where it was found in the brain as well as how it appeared under a microscope.

The importance of identifying the correct form of dementia

When someone in Hawaii shows signs of dementia, it's common to assume it may be Alzheimer's disease. Sometimes what's assumed to be Alzheimer's is another form or dementia known as Lewy body dementia, or LBD. Receiving a correct diagnosis is important because there are key differences in how each of these conditions is treated. With medications, for instance, people with LBD might respond better to certain dementia drugs than individuals with Alzheimer's.

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