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misdiagnosis & delayed diagnosis Archives

Wrong diagnosis can be preamble to medical malpractice

When a patient in Florida faces a medical malpractice situation, there is a good chance that the problems started at the diagnostic level. According to a report published in March 2018 by a malpractice insurance provider, a third of the medical wrongdoing claims brought by patients between 2013 and 2017 were related to misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis cases.

Weeding out cases of cellulitis misdiagnosis

Doctors in Florida see many patients with skin inflammation and other symptoms of skin disorders. One skin infection, cellulitis, is common, but there is no reliable tool for diagnosing it. Because its symptoms are similar to those of other skin conditions, many cellulitis diagnoses are false. Now researchers have found that involving a dermatologist in the diagnosis of cellulitis at an early stage can catch misdiagnoses and prevent unnecessary treatment.

Avoiding the misdiagnosis of immunotherapy side effects

Immunotherapy is a developing form of cancer treatment, the purpose of which is to enable the body's immune system to fight off cancer cells on its own. While its side effects are milder than those of chemotherapy, its effectiveness seems to be limited. A small percentage of immunotherapy patients in Florida and across the U.S. even wind up suffering from severe health conditions.