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Scientists identify form of dementia similar to Alzheimer's

Illinois residents who have a loved one with Alzheimer's should know that misdiagnoses are not uncommon. A new report with contributions from scientists across the world has identified a type of dementia that mimics the symptoms of Alzheimer's like memory loss and confusion. It is called LATE dementia with LATE standing for limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy.

Studies look at IT errors in medical settings

In some hospitals, the biomedical and IT departments are not communicating as well as they could be, and that could lead to medical errors for patients in Illinois. According to one study, when hospitals work to improve communication between these departments, patient safety improves.

Illinois Patients' Medical Conditions Could Be Misdiagnosed

The failure of mental health practitioners to get a second opinion from a psychiatric specialist or clinic often leads to overdiagnosis, according to a new study performed at John Hopkins University. The study included more than 75 cases that had been referred to the Johns Hopkins Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic between February 2011 and July 2017. In each of those cases, the patient had been diagnosed with schizophrenia by a non-specialty physician.

Misdiagnosis identified as common in malpractice claims

Many of the medical malpractice claims filed by people in Illinois may deal with cases of misdiagnosis. Two different studies by malpractice insurers released in the same week in March found that misdiagnoses dominated their claims. For one company, Coverys, nearly half of the closed claims against doctors between 2013 and 2017 were diagnosis related. The other company, The Doctors Company, found that more than a third of the closed malpractice claims involving children between 2008 and 2017 were linked to misdiagnoses.

Younger patients with colorectal cancer are often misdiagnosed

Young people in Illinois and across the U.S. run a higher risk of being diagnosed with later-stage colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer). The reason for this, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, is that people under the age of 50 with this disease tend to be misdiagnosed during their initial appointments.

Rare diseases and medical malpractice

Patients who suffer from rare diseases in Illinois may wait longer to get a correct diagnosis and proper treatment because the symptoms of these conditions often mimic signs and symptoms of more common illnesses. Failure to diagnose a condition can be a form of medical malpractice.

Erb's palsy causes paralysis in babies following birth

Erb-Duchenne Palsy, commonly referred to as "Erb's palsy" or brachial plexus birth palsy, is a medical condition that occurs to babies in 1 out of every 1,000 births. It's one type of obstetric brachial plexus injuries that affect Illinois infants, and it is characterized by paralysis, weakness and loss of motion in the arm and shoulder. Erb's palsy usually occurs during the birth process as a result of a birth injury.

Conditions migraine sufferers are sometimes misdiagnosed with

Migraine sufferers in Illinois know all too well how headaches of this nature can affect their daily life. Because of the way nerve pathways and chemicals in the brain are affected by this condition, however, symptoms associated with migraines can mimic symptoms of other conditions. This unique characteristic of migraines sometimes leads to misdiagnoses. According to one study, only one in 20 patients are correctly diagnosed with migraines.

Making a claim for a botox injury in Illinois

There are many reasons why a person might decide to have Botox procedures or other injectables. Botox can be used for cosmetic reasons, but it has also been shown to reduce the pain associated with migraines. Other injectables may be used in lips or cheeks in order to achieve the desired aesthetic affect.