Emphysema: Its symptoms, causes and diagnois

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Medical Dangers | 0 comments

Emphysema is a lung condition that occurs when the lung’s air sacs (alveoli) are damaged. Air sacs are where gas exchange occurs. When air sacs are damaged, bloodstream may carry in less oxygen, compromising the body’s oxygen supply. According to Healthline, approximately 4 million people were diagnosed with emphysema in 2008.

Smokers are most prone to emphysema. But they are not the only ones that could develop this disease. People who are constantly exposed to second hand smoke and are living in areas with poor air quality may also develop emphysema. Unfortunately, some car manufactures couldn’t care less about the air we breathe. In fact, the website of the Driscoll Law Firm says that Volkswagen deliberately installed software in its newer line of diesel cars to circumvent federal emissions tests.

Signs and symptoms of emphysema may include the following:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Depression
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fast and irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Cyanosis, or the discoloration of the lips and the fingernails due to lack of oxygen

In diagnosing emphysema, doctors would have to check first your symptoms and review your medical history. After that, they may recommend some tests to detect emphysema. Imaging tests, such as chest X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scan, can be helpful in diagnosing emphysema. Blood test may also be helpful in determining the volume of oxygen in your bloodstream. Finally, a lung function test can measure how much air you can breathe in and out, which assesses how well your lungs function.

Although emphysema is a chronic condition, it is not a life sentence. When diagnosed with this condition, there are still many ways on how you can live a normal and productive life. You can do this by avoiding respiratory irritants, such as tobacco and car exhaust, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and keeping away from diseases that may cause lung infections. You may also consider seeking help from different emphysema groups near you for coping and support.

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Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Medical Dangers | 0 comments

Exposure to the once widely used building material, asbestos, has now been linked to causing the cancer Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that is most commonly seen in industrial workers who inhaled asbestos fibers. Although Mesothelioma is a deadly and dangerous cancer, the symptoms can be hard to spot and are often confused with less serious illnesses.

Common symptoms of Mesothelioma are dry cough and wheezing, chest pain, fever, and weight loss. However, the symptoms can vary based on the kind of Mesothelioma. The most common type is Pleural Mesothelioma and affects is the lining of the lungs and chest wall. The inhaling of asbestos fibers can cause fluid buildup along the lungs. This type is associated with the symptoms of coughing, reduced chest expansion, shortness of breath, and pleural effusions, which is the buildup of fluid between the tissues that line the chests and lungs. These symptoms can all occur at once, but usually occur in small stages, leading to individuals not raising alarm at them.

Another kind of Mesothelioma is Peritoneal mesothelioma which affects the lining of the abdomen. Individuals suffering from this experience abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, weight loss, hernias, and fatigue. Although less common than pleural mesothelioma, this kind can be just as fatal.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, pericardial mesothelioma is one of the rarest forms of mesothelioma and affecting the lining of the heart, thickening it. Symptoms include difficulty breathing and chest pains.

Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest form and can be the hardest to detect, as the only common symptom found is a lump in the testes. There is no other recognized symptoms of this type of mesothelioma.

Although there are symptoms of mesothelioma, they are often misdiagnosed by doctors not used to dealing with mesothelioma. It can be misdiagnosed as bronchitis and pneumonia, leaving symptoms to become worse. Some symptoms may even take years to become serious enough for individuals to suspect something serious. This is one of the reasons the disease can be so fatal to those exposed to asbestos over prolonged periods of time.

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Injuries because of Medical Mistakes

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Medical Dangers | 0 comments

Many people forget that they are made up of simple bone, muscle, and tissue – all fragile elements wound up together to make human beings. It has been said that people are all equal once six feet under the ground – and it is also true for medical instances as well.

One mistake from a physician could mean a lifetime’s worth of pain and suffering of another. All it takes is a single slip up to completely turn around the life of a person from something with potential to something that they must suffer through until death. That is why doctors and medical practitioners everywhere are expected to act with a certain sense of honor and responsibility whenever dealing with something as precious and irreplaceable as a human life.

Should any medical professional act with negligence towards their treatment of a patient and this negligence has the consequence of injury, that patient is warranted to file legal action for compensation against the guilty party. The website of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers says that such actions can have devastating effects on not only the patient’s life but also the lives of those closest to the patient.

For example, if a patient were to undergo a procedure that deals with the brain and the surgeon makes a mistake due to giving the wrong diagnosis (or having his readings be contested by another physician and yet going through with the procedure anyway, or due to another matter entirely), and as a result – the patient is paralyzed. This is a serious injury that the patient must then suffer – and then imagine even more the so the pain to know that that patient was a construction worker, or someone whose profession relied upon movement like ballet dancing or professional driving. Such an incident can garner medical expenses as well as a serious loss of wages. This does not even begin to touch on the psychological and emotional trauma that a serious injury that this can have on a person.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, do not hesitate the contact a professional legal expert immediately, in order to know your rights and best next move after such an incident.

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Warnings of Medical Dangers Come Too Late for Some

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Medical Dangers | 0 comments

Hospitals in Boston have been cautioned against the use of robotic surgical systems by physicians who have not been adequately trained or for procedures that the system is not approved for. Aggressive marketing of expensive robotic surgical systems have fueled a competition among many hospitals in Massachusetts to include them in their offerings to patients.

The rising number of patients complaining of injuries post-operation prompted the state’s warnings to the medical community. However, for some patients such as the case of a woman whose bowels were damaged during a hysterectomy, the warning has come too late, and their only recourse was to get compensation with the help of a Massachusetts robotic surgery error lawyer.

Recalls of medical products or devices are seldom voluntary; it is mostly when the damage has been done that the pharmaceutical or medical device company is forced to make a recall, and even then there is no clear-cut admission of fault. Even when settlements are being made or a court awards damages to a plaintiff, the concerned company does not admit to any wrongdoing.

This is the case with the Stryker hip implant defects that affected thousands of patients who were implanted with the device before findings that it failed prematurely, requiring a replacement, and caused serious injury to boot because of its defective design. Stryker Corporation had reportedly agreed to settle cases for an undisclosed amount, although it estimates that it may cost the company as much as $1.3 Billion.

The main function of recalls is to spread the word among those who may not be aware of the medical dangers of these products. If you have already suffered serious injury but was not aware that a medical product or device had caused it, this may be the time to check for recalls or warnings from regulatory bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration or the state equivalent. If you believe you may be owed compensation, consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area before the applicable statute of limitations runs out.

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