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January 2016

The Most Common Misdiagnoses

By | January 11th, 2016|Misdiagnosis|

The Internet Journal on Family Practice recently published a study titled The 5 Most Common Misdiagnoses: A Meta-Analysis of Autopsy and Medical Malpractice Data. The study reports that one of the most common misdiagnoses is infection. Pulmonary embolism and heart attack were the next most prevalent conditions that were likely to be misdiagnosed. The study [...]

March 2014

Protecting Against Pulmonary Embolism in Cancer Patients

By | March 27th, 2014|Cancer, Pulmonary Embolism|

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is more common in patients with cancer.  In addition, patients with malignancy who develop PE are more likely to have a recurrence of the condition.  In many cases, PE and related deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be prevented in cancer patients.  In such circumstances, a physician's failure to take precautionary measures may [...]

February 2013

Error in Ruling Out Pulmonary Embolism in Stable Patient

By | February 12th, 2013|Pulmonary Embolism|

Misdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common basis for medical negligence actions.  The problem arises because PE can masquerade as other medical conditions such as heart attack or sepsis.  It is erroneous to make assumptions about common symptoms like shortness of breath and chest pain without doing a proper and thorough workup.  Oftentimes, this [...]

October 2012

A Fast and Reliable Way to Rule Out Pulmonary Embolism

By | October 18th, 2012|Pulmonary Embolism|

Pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the U.S.  There are a number of risk factors for the condition, which occurs when blood clots in the legs (called deep vein thrombosis or DVTs) break free, travel to the lungs and interfere with breathing.  If the clot burden is significant enough, patients can [...]

July 2012

Dangers Associated with IVC Filters

By | July 17th, 2012|Pulmonary Embolism|

IVC (inferior vena cava) filters can be implanted to protect patients against pulmonary embolism.  Complications from the procedure are rare.  However, we have learned of instances where the filters are placed in patients who do not need them or where they are left in patients far longer than they are needed.  Under Ohio law, a medical negligence claim can arise out of [...]

March 2012

Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism

By | March 26th, 2012|Pulmonary Embolism|

At Mishkind Kulwicki Law, we frequently review, investigate and handle cases involving a failure to diagnose, prevent and/or treat pulmonary embolism. Blood clots can form in a variety of areas of the body and frequently occur after a surgical procedure or when a patient is on bed rest and not walking for an extended period [...]

February 2012

More Guidelines for Pulmonary Embolism Prevention

By | February 27th, 2012|Pulmonary Embolism|

In an earlier Mishkind Kulwicki Law blog post, I spoke about new guidelines for the prevention of pulmonary embolism published by the American College of Physicians (ACP).  Here are new, more detailed guidelines published by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP):  http://chestjournal.chestpubs.org/content/141/2_suppl/7S.full.html.  The ACCP includes those physicians, pulmonologists and critical care specialists, who specializes in caring [...]

New Guidelines for Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism

By | February 14th, 2012|Pulmonary Embolism|

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common medical condition that accounts for many medical negligence claims.  The American College of Physicians routinely publishes guidelines to assist physicians in treating and, better yet, preventing pulmonary embolism.  PEs can be effectively prevented when patients who are at risk for the condition are "prophylaxed," or treated before developing a PE.  The [...]

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