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Misdiagnosing liver cancer

Liver cancer is a condition that can be misdiagnosed because its symptoms tend to surface when the disease is in the advanced stages. Arizona residents should also know that some of the symptoms can be vague or can mimic those of other medical conditions, particularly those related to the digestive system. According to one study, 50 percent of patients who have a chronic liver disease will not be correctly diagnosed by their primary physician.

An intestinal bacteria disorder shares some symptoms with liver cancer. When the bacteria in the digestive system that aids in digestion begins to decline, an individual may begin to experience diarrhea. The consumption of foods that contain probiotics is typically recommended to alleviate the symptoms.

The use of antibiotics may also result in diarrhea. This is because antibiotics eliminate the bacteria that aids in digestion as well as the bacteria that is considered unhealthy. The consumption of yogurt cultures that contain probiotics is a common treatment. Liver cancer symptoms may also be mistaken for those related to an infectious diarrheal illness. This condition is transmitted from person to person.

There are many forms of medical malpractice that can result in the further harm to a patient. The failure to diagnose a chronic condition, anesthesia errors, wrong-site surgery, the improper administering of medicine and other forms of medical professional negligence may be enough cause to seek compensation. An attorney may evaluate a client's medical records and file a lawsuit against the negligent parties. Financial compensation may be sought if the patient received delayed treatment, began to suffer from a worsened medical condition, incurred unnecessary medical expenses or died as a result of the negligent medical care.

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