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High rate of misdiagnosis among multiple sclerosis patients

Treatment advances may have improved outcomes for Oklahoma patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, but a 2017 survey found that many still have a trouble wading through multiple false diagnoses and finding doctors who understand the disease. The three-month survey, which was taken by patients online, identified common symptoms and problems experienced in the community.

Virtual second opinion services could help patients

When Oklahoma patients seek treatment for their medical problems, they could face the risk of experiencing diagnostic errors. Even if the errors end up not being harmful, they can be costly and lead to unnecessary treatments. One way to reduce the rate of diagnostic errors is to get second opinions.

Moles and the diagnosis of melanoma

Oklahoma residents who are fair-skinned, who have a family history of melanoma or a history of severe sunburn in childhood, or who are regularly exposed to the sun might have a higher risk of developing melanoma. While only 1 percent of all skin cancers diagnosed are melanoma, the American Cancer Society reports that most deaths from skin cancer are the result of that particular type.

Not all people with high blood pressure need treatment

A study completed at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre indicates that about a fifth of individuals treated for hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, actually do not require the treatment. The reason for this is that many Oklahoma residents do not actually have the problem, which is that blood exerts too much pressure on artery walls.

FDA warns about dangers of experimental procedure

Oklahoma residents may be interested to learn that, on March 8, the Food and Drug Administration warned that an experimental procedure that was being promoted as a potential treatment showed no evidence that it was safe or effective. The procedure, called transvascular autonomic modulation, involves inflating a small balloon into narrowed veins to try and improve blood flow.

Common reasons misdiagnosis happens

Oklahoma patients could receive improper diagnoses for a variety of reasons. In some cases, a lack of time spent with a patient or doctor bias could cause a physician to come to a conclusion that may not be correct. Patients themselves may not tell their doctors everything they need to know to make a proper diagnosis. It may also be possible that human error in a lab could result in a false result. A lab test may also fail because of the limitations inherent in that test.

Prefilled syringes could prevent anesthesiology mistakes

Anesthesiologists in Oklahoma hospitals have a lot of responsibilities in terms of patient safety. According to an associate professor of anesthesiology from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, they are the only medical specialists that write a prescription, procure the drug, fill the drug and administer the drug. All of these actions that are performed by them are done without safety checks from other people.

Health conditions that are difficult to diagnose

Oklahoma residents may trust that their doctors will properly diagnose their medical conditions accurately and in a timely manner. However, a study from the University of Ottawa suggests that up to one-third of all asthma patients have been misdiagnosed. As a patient's symptoms may be present in a variety of medical ailments, asthma is not the only condition that is commonly misdiagnosed.

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