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Did Doctors Mistaking Cancer for Mono Nearly Cost a Child Her Life?

Could a doctor really mistake cancer for mononucleosis? That may have been the case recently when a 6-year-old girl was the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis involving her doctors mistaking symptoms of metastatic neuroblastoma for mono. How Did Doctors Mistake Cancer for Mononucleosis? Per KSDK-TV, a few years after she was born, the 6-year-old girl began experiencing fevers on a frequent basis. After running blood tests, her doctors initially diagnosed her with anemia, before saying her condition was viral and then finally settling on a mononucleosis diagnosis in the summer of 2015. Following her mono diagnosis, the girl’s belly began to swell. However, reportedly, her doctors said it was just a product of her mononucleosis. In the spring of 2016, as the girl’s mother was giving her a bath, she noticed the child’s right side was protruding. An X-ray revealed that abnormalities within the girl’s abdomen were leading to her…
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How Was a Woman’s Cancer Misdiagnosed as a Migraine 14 Times?

Recently, the story of a woman’s struggles and death because of a cancer misdiagnosis made the news. Reportedly, a 24-year-old woman died from cancer after repeatedly being told that she was not suffering from cancer but migraines. Not only was the woman’s cancer misdiagnosed once, but allegedly her tumor went undiagnosed even after 14 visits to the doctor. The woman first visited the doctor after suffering from severe headaches, neck soreness and dizziness for nearly nine months. Her doctors reportedly suspected something more was wrong, but settled on prescribing her medication for headaches instead of investigating further. After repeated doctor visits, where she was just prescribed more painkillers, her symptoms became worse. At that point, the woman went to the hospital where she was admitted and put on a drip. However, she was discharged the next day and died at home in bed hours later. Results of an investigation into…
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How Would an Obamacare Repeal Impact Medical Malpractice Damages?

With reports that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, could be drastically altered or even repealed making headlines, it is fair to wonder, how would an Obamacare repeal impact medical malpractice damages? Would an Obamacare Repeal Impact Medical Malpractice Damages? The Legal Intelligencer featured a story regarding this scenario. The article focused on the practice of attorneys using ACA to limit their clients’ liability in medical malpractice lawsuits. Due to concerns that Congress could repeal Obamacare, lawyers attempting to use ACA to reduce a hospital or physician’s responsibility in a medical negligence case. Per The Legal Intelligencer, for the third time in recent months, a federal judge in Pennsylvania blocked a hospital from using the Affordable Care Act to mitigate responsibility for negligence in a medical malpractice case. Following a decision in favor of the plaintiffs, the judge in the case did not allow the hospital to…
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