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Newton breast biopsies and failure to diagnose cancer

For women in Newton and their families, it's a part of life to receive tests to check whether or not they might show signs of breast cancer. Medical professionals universally agree that catching the disease early is often the key between a successful treatment and worsened condition. However, there are often issues with misdiagnosis of cancer leading to delayed treatment and a greater risk of mortality. Understanding the frequency of this issue and why it's necessary to seek other opinions might be part of the battle, but that doesn't assuage a doctor's culpability if a mistake is made and the patient gets sicker or even dies.

According to a new study, 1.5 million women receive a breast biopsy on an annual basis. That study, however, has indicated that less than 50 percent of the time, the diagnosis was accurate when it comes to a lesion in the woman's breast and whether or not it's cancerous. This type of misdiagnosis could result in a patient not receiving the proper treatment. In general, women receive a breast cancer diagnosis after finding a lump on their own or via a mammogram. After this happens, the doctor would perform a biopsy to determine if there is cancer present. However, the decision whether or not to move forward with a biopsy is commonly made by the pathologist.

Recognizing various forms of Newton traumatic brain injury

People in Newton who suffer a head injury might have an idea about the possibilities of it becoming a traumatic brain injury. Those who are aware of the different forms of traumatic brain injury will have a better chance of responding properly when they happen and seeking proper and necessary treatment.

A concussion is considered minor in terms of brain injury. In technical terms, when a person suffers a concussion, there will be a loss of consciousness for a brief time. A more severe kind of brain injury is a skull fracture. If there are parts of the break pressing into the brain tissue, this is a depressed skull fracture. If there is an object that pierces the skull - like a weapon, bullet or shard - it is a penetrating skull fracture.

Legal help for surgical errors during Newton gastric bypass

The weight problem in Newton has led many people to consider getting gastric bypass surgery to try and lose weight. This is generally used by people whose obesity is posing a threat to their long-term survival and quality of life. While the upside is that they will no longer be as hungry and will therefore lose weight by eating less, any surgery carries with it a certain amount of risk. In some instances, the risk isn't the surgical procedure itself, but surgical errors made by a careless surgeon.

There are numerous methods that medical professionals will use to surgically treat a person who is trying to lose weight. Regardless of which one is used, there are dangers that must be considered. People have suffered infections, blood clots, leaking at the site where the staples were placed, hernias and other problems. Given the competition and the number of doctors who might be looking to perform as many surgeries as possible to maximize their profits, there is the potential for people who are not viable candidates for this surgery to have it and suffer grave consequences as a result. There might be serious injuries or even a fatality.

What is stillbirth and how does it happen?

The enthusiasm and excitement that expectant parents in Newton feel when preparing for the upcoming birth can rebound into one of the worst experiences of their lives if there is a medical problem with the baby. If that medical problem happened because of a negligent doctor or an error made by the medical staff during the course of the pregnancy, it is made worse because it was an avoidable incident. Stillbirth can be even worse than injuries a baby or mother might have suffered, because the baby will have died before the baby was born.

Knowing the facts about stillbirth can give parents an idea as to whether an error made that led to the infant's death. If the fetus dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it will be referred to as stillbirth. These are rare and the majority happen prior to labor. There could be signals that the woman will notice such as a lack of movement from the fetus. Ultrasound will determine if the fetus is stillborn. In some instances, after the parents have been notified that the child has died, the woman will still have to deliver the baby adding to the mental and emotional stress. It is possible to have labor induced to avoid carrying a stillborn child to term.

Alleged fatal medication error kills woman; dentist arrested

People in Newton might see going to the dentist as nothing to be concerned about even when there is going to be a procedure that makes anesthesia necessary. What must be understood is that whenever a person is placed under anesthetic, there is the chance that an anesthesia error can happen leading to serious injury and even death. It could be the most innocuous and simplified procedure that is being done. With anesthetic, comes risk.

A Connecticut dentist was arrested after a woman's breathing stopped while he was performing a procedure. She later died. The dentist is 45-years-old and is facing numerous charges for his alleged activities in this case. The 64-year-old patient was receiving a full-mouth extraction in February last year when the dentist didn't respond to signals that the woman was in distress.

What Newton healthcare professionals treat a brain injury?

When a person in Newton suffers brain trauma, there are many concerns that will come to the forefront. After it is clear that the injuries will not be fatal and a recovery is possible, there will need to be treatment. Medical professionals have many specialties and when it comes to a brain injury, it's likely that many professionals will be required. Knowing which healthcare professionals can assist with the issues that accompany a traumatic brain injury is important to know especially since it can affect the medical expenses that can accrue.

Being aware of injuries and death due to a surgeon mistake

Serious injury can result from a surgeon mistake in Newton, across the state of Massachusetts and throughout the United States. Regardless of where these mistakes and surgical errors happen, the overseeing authorities are keeping a watchful eye on doctors and hospitals to call them to task when a surgeon mistake or other form of medical error is made. Those who have been harmed need to understand when there has been an error -- even a fatal surgical error they might not have known happened -- and take steps to seek to be compensated for it.

Ten hospitals in California were fined a total of $700,000 for various errors and safety issues, some of which led to the deaths of patients. Three in particular were cited for injuring patients with overdoses, mistakes when intubating and surgical equipment left inside a patient. Six hospitals received fines of $50,000 while four received fines of $100,000. One patient died after being given nearly 20 doses of three separate painkillers in three hours by family members who were using I.V. at the patient's bedside to manage pain. This was found to have been the hospital's responsibility. Another patient who was suffering from colon cancer and had a hernia was found to have pieces of a towel left inside him after a colectomy. These were just a few of the errors that were found and for which the hospitals received fines.

Worsened condition can result from doctors' failure to refer

People in Newton and throughout the nation who are having a health issue or visit a doctor for a simple checkup trust that the doctor will take the necessary steps to provide follow up care, if it is necessary and will do so in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. When doctors fail to provide care that is up to professional standards, they can fail to diagnose serious problems in a timely fashion. This can lead to delayed treatment, the spread of disease and worsened condition.

A report has indicated that delaying patients being referred to an urologist can raise the danger of a fatality after bladder removal to treat bladder cancer. The study from Canada has shown the urgency of general practitioners recognizing the potential symptoms of bladder cancer and acting quickly to send a patient to a urologist to be examined and tested further. Data from the years 2000 to 2009 looked at nearly 1,300 patients who had their bladders removed (alternatively known as a radical cystectomy). The patients were separated as to whether they were directly sent to a urologist or not. Other patients were considered to have been sent indirectly.

Concerns over birth injuries during Newton C-sections

In some Newton births, there are reasons why the medical staff will decide upon a Cesarean section. While the procedure is common, there are still dangers with it to both the mother and the child. In some cases, the decision to have the procedure is elective. In others, the medical staff feels it is necessary. The commonness of the procedure does not eliminate all dangers of birth injuries and damage to the mother. It is imperative that parents understand the potential risks of a C-section during the delivery process.

It can take a longer time for the mother to recover from the C-section than from a normal birth. There are dangers to the newborn when this procedure is done. The baby might experience breathing problems. It has been found that a baby born via C-section is more likely to have what is known as transient tachypnea. This is when the baby breathes abnormally fast in the first days after he or she was born.

Facts about amnesia after brain trauma

When a person in Newton suffers a head injury, there is a risk that the injury will be severe enough to cause brain trauma. There are many aftereffects of brain trauma that can have a negative impact on both the individual and the family. One such issue is amnesia. Understanding the facts about post-traumatic amnesia can help those who are affected by it or believe they might be affected by it to have a grasp on its seriousness, how to recognize it and treat it.

People who suffer from a traumatic brain injury might be confused or lose memory after the injury occurs. They might experience disorientation and have issues remembering events that happened after the injury. There is the possibility that this can extend to forgetting their name, their location, the time and other facts that were previously simple to remember, understand and state. There are two kinds of amnesia that someone might suffer from after brain trauma. They include retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia.

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