Oral cancer can start out as an abnormal patch of skin or mouth ulcer

 Oral cancer is the growth of abnormal cells on the lips, tongue, gums, mouth floor, cheek lining or back of the throat.  A delay in diagnosing the cancer can cause it to spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body. An early sign of oral cancer may be the development of a white or red patch of tissue in the mouth or a small ulcer. If a dentist or family doctor notices any of these changes in the mouth, they need to be carefully watched.

Nerve damage can result from delay in diagnosing compartment syndrome

Compartment syndrome occurs when there is swelling and increased internal pressure within an arm, leg or abdomen.  After an injury or bone fracture there can be bleeding, swelling or fluid accumulation underneath the skin.  Because the skin is not open the fluid has nowhere to escape and the pressure continues to increase.  If the pressure gets too great it could compress nerves, muscles or internal organs and cause permanent damage.

A delay in diagnosing Ewing sarcoma bone cancer can affect prognosis

A delay in diagnosing Ewing sarcoma bone cancer can affect prognosis

Ewing sarcoma is a form of malignant bone cancer that is found mostly in children, teenagers and young adults. If the cancer is not diagnosed and promptly treated it could quickly spread to other organs.

Common signs or symptoms of Ewing sarcoma are:

Misread cancer test brings review of 500

The Washington Hospital in western Pennsylvania said it would review at least 500 Pap smear slides after one woman claimed the hospital's pathologists misread her tests for five consecutive years. A later review of the woman’s slides revealed a clear progression from pre-cancerous cells to an invasive carcinoma. Luckily, after finally being diagnosed with cervical cancer, she responded well to treatment and is now free of cancer.

Cancer misdiagnoses up among the young

Cases of colon cancer among younger people is on the rise even as the rate for those older than 50 decreases, a phenomenon that is leading to more missed diagnoses. Such was the case for a 44-year-old Maryland woman who seven years ago went to doctors with all the symptoms of colorectal cancer, including diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, iron deficiency and extreme fatigue. Her doctors evidently thought she was too young to have the disease, so Carol Carr was never tested for colorectal cancer.

Study: Misdiagnoses causes ICU deaths

A new report out of Johns Hopkins estimates that diagnostic errors may cause as many as 40,500 patient deaths in hospital intensive care units. The university’s patient safety experts say the number of deaths of critically ill hospital patients die with unknown medical conditions may exceed the annual number of deaths due to breast cancer in the United States.

Missed diagnosis costs woman her hands and feet

A Brooklyn mother of three went to her local hospital complaining of pain. She was treated in the emergency room, where she was diagnosed as having kidney stones, was given a painkiller and sent home. The next day, still in pain, she called 911 but the New York Fire Department did not send an ambulance. The day after that, her fiance took her to the hospital himself. The woman, Tabitha Millings, was diagnosed this time with sepsis that had become gangrenous. She lapsed into a coma. When she awoke, she found that her hands and feet had been amputated and she was legally blind in one eye.

Medical malpractice almost cost chef his tongue

 Acclaimed Chicago chef Grant Achatz has reached an undisclosed settlement with a dental clinic in a missed-cancer diagnosis case. The case involved a cancerous growth in a place where it could have ended the career of Achatz – it was on his tongue. Achatz years ago noticed a small, white dot on the left side of his tongue about the size of a bread crumb, according to an account in The Chicago Sun-Times. A dentist thought it was merely a stress-related irritation from gnawing his tongue and prescribed a mouth guard. A biopsy was performed that came back negative.

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