Doctors in Missouri do not always have the right answers when they are asked to diagnose a patient's condition. If the right tests are not performed, a correct diagnosis could elude a patient for months or even years. Patients who are misdiagnosed with conditions that they do not actually have may continue to suffer from their original condition while...

Missouri residents may want to learn more about how problematic the misdiagnosis of Lyme disease can be. A 2015 study published by LymeDisease.org revealed that over 60 percent of more than 6,000 respondents with the disease claimed that it took up to two years to receive a correct diagnosis for their condition. Less than 25 percent reported receiving...

Missouri residents may be surprised to learn that new guidelines for diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, may be causing older men to be over-diagnosed and young women to be under-diagnosed, according to new research. The authors of the study, which was published in the journal The BMJ in July, recommend that the guidelines be modified to correct...

Missouri residents may not be aware of a recent study that found that misdiagnoses often causes physicians to use inappropriate antibiotic therapies in hospitals. Using antibiotics incorrectly can not only reduce the effectiveness of these drugs and increase health care costs, but may lead to patient harm as well. It has been found that approximately 56 percent of American...

Missouri residents who smoke may be interested in learning about lung cancer screening tests being offered by Medicare. Individuals who are between the ages of 55 and 77 who have been smoking an average of at least a pack each day for more than 30 years are now eligible to take a spiral CT scan. However, some doctors are...

Published in "The Journal of the American Medical Association" on March 13, a study on analysis of breast tissue biopsies by pathologists may be of concern to women in Missouri. The study looked at diagnoses from 115 pathologists on 240 samples from breast biopsies. The researchers compared their medical opinions to those of three experts. The results showed that...

Missouri residents who have been coughing for a long period of time may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A doctor can run a variety of tests to determine if an individual has COPD or if it is another ailment. First, a doctor will listen to a patient's lungs through a stethoscope to listen for wheezing or labored breathing. Next,...