As many as 80,000 people die in Texas and around the country each year and up to 160,000 more suffer harm because of a missed or late health care diagnosis. This was the conclusion reached by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine after they studied 11,000 medical malpractice cases. The results of the study were published online in July 2019 in the medical journal Diagnosis.
Texas residents are familiar with some common conditions that affect a woman's reproductive system, including polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis. However, few people have heard about adenomyosis, which is also referred to as endometriosis of the uterus muscle.
Although it hasn't attracted much national attention, a measure provision that is now awaiting the President's signature could allow, for the first time in decades, active duty military members in Texas and across the nation to sue military doctors for medical malpractice.
Thankfully, mammograms have enabled doctors in Texas to detect breast cancer early enough to be able to treat it. The end result is that the fatality rate for those diagnosed with breast cancer has declined by 40% thanks to the onset of mammography.
A TIA, or transient ischemic attack, is commonly referred to as a pre-stroke or a mini-stroke. While it is not itself a permanent medical condition, the dizziness and headaches it brings on temporarily are a warning sign that a full blown stroke is imminent. A patient who experiences a stroke, which can be compared to a heart attack in the brain, will lose circulation to important parts of the brain, which can lead to severe damage.
As many Houston residents may have experienced firsthand, one common trend in the world of modern medicine is the urgent care or walk-in medical clinic. These centers are attractive to patients since someone can go to them for medical care on weekends or after their doctor's office has closed.
According to a medical website, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis remains far and away the most common mistake the medical professionals make that leads to a patient filing a lawsuit. The reason a misdiagnosis can so easily give rise to lawsuits is that the results of bad medical advice can be deadly.
Texas is home to many military bases, which mean that many service members are treated at military medical centers. However, sometimes, the treatment at these medical centers is lacking and in the worst of cases, leads to a failure to diagnose, a misdiagnosis or other act of medical negligence.
Not all illnesses are visually apparent to the average person in Houston or elsewhere. "Invisible" impairments, such as mental health disorders, can be just as damaging as physical illnesses. A failure to diagnose a mental illness can have long-lasting effects that affect not only a person's health, but also their relationship with others, ability to work and sometimes, even their ability to care for themselves or function in society.