Posts Tagged ‘ misdiagnosed ’

How Not Obtaining A Second Opinion Can Lead To Premature Death

Posted On : October 29, 2014,   Time : 9:36 pm

The family of Daniel Gapinski wishes he had obtained a medical second opinion sooner. The Illinois resident died prematurely when a neuropathologist misdiagnosed a mass growing near his pituitary gland in his brain as a benign meningloma. It was actually malignant kidney cancer that had metastasized to his brain. But as a result of the initial diagnosis, Mr. Kapinski underwent little followup care after its removal. The kidney cancer diagnosis was not made until two years later, when Mr. Kapinski's symptoms returned. By then, the cancer was too far advanced to treat. A jury recently awarded $1.7 million to Mr. Kapinski's estate and family, determining that the initial misdiagnosis led to his dying prematurely, according to the News-Tribune newsp read more

Was The Dallas Ebola Patient Misdiagnosed?

Posted On : October 15, 2014,   Time : 11:05 am

Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who died of the Ebola at a Dallas hospital last week, was sent home from the emergency room of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after being diagnosed with a 103-degree fever, the New York Times reported. Duncan, who had contracted the virus while in Liberia and was making his first visit to the U.S. to see relatives, was diagnosed as being in stable condition when he visited the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital's emergency room on Sept. 25. He was sent home with an antibiotics prescription – useless against a viral disease such as Ebola – and told to take Tylenol. Duncan was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 28 after his condition became much worse. He died from his Ebola infection on Oct. 8. As a result of the misdiagnosis, a hospital spokesperson told the New York Times that Texas Health Presbyterian β€œmade changes to our intake process as well as other procedures to better screen for all critical indicators of Ebola virus.β read more

A Painful Neurologic Disorder Is Often Misdiagnosed

Posted On : October 13, 2014,   Time : 7:44 pm

Trigeminal neuralgia – a neurological disorder that often causes terrible pains in the face – is often misdiagnosed, according to the Asbury Park Press newspaper. The condition – which occurs when a blood vessel in the face or head compresses the trigeminal nerve – is often misdiagnosed as a dental condition due to the fact it is a relatively rare disorder. It is characterized by intense, stabbing pain that can be triggered by chewing or speaking. Patients often go to several healthcare professionals without obtaining the proper diagnosis, sometimes even undergoing unnecessary root canal surgeries. Appropriate treatments for trigeminal neuralgia inc read more