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Commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions in Arizona

People who are sick or have a medical problem expect doctors to get to the bottom of it. Most patients believe that medical practitioners will be able to identify an illness and provide the appropriate treatment for it, but this does not always happen. In fact, there are a few conditions that are quite frequently misdiagnosed, leading to delayed or even improper treatment.

Study looks at robotic surgery errors

Doctors in Arizona and around the country are increasingly relying on surgical methods that involve the use of robots. While robotic surgery is supposed to make procedures less invasive, it can result in fatal injuries when something goes wrong. A recent study by researchers from MIT, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rush University Medical Center found that there were 144 deaths and 1,391 injuries involving medical robots between 2000 and 2013.

Doctor given 45 years for egregious malpractice case

Arizona residents may have heard about an especially egregious case of medical malpractice that occurred in Detroit. What makes the case even worse is the behavior of the practitioner involved in the case was intentional and affected 550 victims.

Lyme disease in Arizona and the problem of misdiagnosis

In a study conducted in May 2015, 61 percent of the respondents said that it took two years or more to obtain a correct diagnosis of their Lyme disease. Almost half said that they were misdiagnosed for 10 years or more while only 21 percent said that they were diagnosed within six months. Patients who received a delayed or misdiagnosis were often originally diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or general mood disorders. Many were also originally diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

All doctors can make medical mistakes

Arizona hospitals and health care professionals may work to avert medical mistakes that could result in damage to their patients. However, there are still incidences of errors, even from reputable professionals and facilities. Studies indicate that misdiagnosis is an issue in connection with approximately 15 percent of medical problems, making it important for both providers and patients to guard against such occurrences.

The problem of COPD misdiagnosis

Arizona residents should be aware that there is a risk that some health care practitioners will misdiagnose of fail to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A study conducted by the University of Birmingham and the Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group in the United Kingdom highlighted these risks. One of the most common lung diseases and a leading cause of disease-related death in the United States, COPD is a dangerous disease that should never be underestimated. It is a progressive disease, and it is manifested in airway obstructions, shortness of breath and coughing. COPD is most often attributed to smoking.

The last laugh in medical malpractice

In Arizona, medical malpractice cases often fall into one of several categories, including hospital errors, nursing errors, surgical errors and birth injuries. There are, of course, also wrongful death claims brought in worst-case instances of doctor negligence.

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