Hidradenitis suppurativa, or HS, is a painful, unpleasant skin condition that affects many people in Pennsylvania and throughout the country who may have a difficult time receiving a proper diagnosis. While HS leads to lumps, boils, pain and growing wounds, up to 64% of patients with the disease needed to visit at least five different doctors before receiving a diagnosis. On average, patients wait 10 years to get a proper diagnosis and adequate treatment. HS tends to appear as small lumps in the armpits, groin and other areas with high levels of skin-to-skin contact. At first glance, HS resembles other types of boils or abscesses, common acute skin symptoms.
Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn that preventable medical errors potentially cause the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans every year. All hospitals across the United States are more dangerous than they should be, but improvements are being made.
According to the AARP, over 20% of patients have their conditions misdiagnosed by doctors. However, some illnesses are more likely to be misdiagnosed than others. There are nine conditions that are particularly tricky for Pennsylvania doctors to diagnose.
Although people in Pennsylvania widely perceive breast cancer as a female disease, some men develop cancerous tumors in breast tissue. Medical researchers estimate that 2,670 men nationwide will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. Most of them will face a lower survival rate compared to their female peers. The bulk of breast cancer research has focused solely on women and left men with treatment options that may or may not work effectively on male bodies.
Some men in Pennsylvania may not be aware that they run the risk for breast cancer. Less than 1% of breast cancer patients are men, which has led to only limited efforts to come up with breast cancer treatments that are specific to men. The Food and Drug Administration, in its effort to correct this oversight, has issued guidelines for the inclusion of men in future clinical trials of breast cancer drugs.
Pennsylvania residents should be aware of the great differences that lie between psoriasis and pustular psoriasis. The former is a chronic skin condition that results in patients having red patches of skin with a scaly appearance. With pustular psoriasis, patients develop white, pus-filled blisters surrounded by red skin.
Malpractice is all too common in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Many doctors and nurses fail to live up to generally accepted standards through miscommunication, carelessness, fatigue and other factors. Below are just five of the most widespread forms of medical malpractice.
Many residents of Pennsylvania are the victims of medical errors. In fact, these are behind 10% of all deaths in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University. Radiology plays a big role in such errors. False-positive readings can account for as much as 30% of all diagnoses resulting from CT scans and MRIs.
New guidelines that set a one-hour treatment window for sepsis patients in Pittsburgh and around the world could cause adverse outcomes, according to a recent editorial published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The authors of the editorial recommend reverting to previous sepsis guidelines, which called for less restrictive treatment times.
Two reports, one which appeared in the journal Diagnosis and the other released from the malpractice insurer Coverys, show how prominent diagnostic errors are among malpractice claims. The first study looked at nearly 11,600 diagnosis-related malpractice claims filed between 2006 and 2015. These led to nearly 21% of the malpractice claims that were filed in Pennsylvania and elsewhere around the country during that period.