Archive for February, 2015

Tropical Disease Could Be Misdiagnosed As Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted On : February 23, 2015,   Time : 8:14 am

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have warned that an infection of the South American tropical disease Chikungunya could be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis. Both Chikungunya and rheumatoid arthritis share some similar symptoms, but they manifest in different ways. “On physical exams, both conditions can have swelling of and around the joints. However, the Chikungunya virus tends to affect more large joints, such as the knee, as opposed to (rheumatoid arthritis), which more commonly affects the joints of the hands and feet initially,” said Adam Dore, M.D., a rheu read more

Patients May Be Too Reluctant To Get Second Opinions

Posted On : February 15, 2015,   Time : 10:31 pm

Do enough patients obtain second opinions when they’re necessary? Writer Jerry Gianciolo doesn’t think so. In a recent opinion article in the Boston Globe, he discussed accompanying a friend to visit a cardiologist who had complaints of pain in his chest. The cardiologist immediately recommended an angioplasty without seeing the results of an angiogram. When Gianciolo suggested the friend seek a second opinion, the friend declined to do so. “Regardless of education level, Americans instinctively trust the accuracy of their doctor’s advice even when, as in this case, the internist is a stranger,” he wrote. Gianciolo cited a study by the non-profit Patient Advocate Foundation concluding that when patients sought a second opinion, it was different from the initial diagnosis 30 percent of the ti read more