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We recently discussed preeclampsia and why it is so important that a pregnant woman who has the condition receives an accurate diagnosis. If you recall, this condition can be devastating for the mother and her unborn baby if it isn't diagnosed properly and treated swiftly. This isn't the only condition that can affect a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

Preeclampsia that isn't properly diagnosed can cause problems

A pregnant woman has a lot to think about. Throughout her pregnancy, she is trusting that the medical professionals covering her care will take care of any possible issues so that she and her baby can make it to the end of the pregnancy without harm. For some women, this doesn't occur. It is possible that a woman can suffer from preeclampsia and not be diagnosed by her medical care team.

Diabetes must be diagnosed properly or damage can occur

Medical conditions require a proper diagnosis so that they can be treated accordingly. Patients who don't get a proper diagnosis can't get the help they need and they might end up in a downward health spiral that causes significant damage to their health and life in general. One disease that needs to be diagnosed early is diabetes.

What happens if a medical condition isn't properly diagnosed?

When you visit a doctor, you would think that you are going to get a diagnosis that will enable you to get the treatments you need to get back on track. There is sometimes a chance that this won't happen because of a failure to diagnose. There are two types of errors that can occur with a diagnosis. One of these is a complete failure to diagnose a condition and the other is making an incorrect diagnosis.

Sepsis can go from bad to worse quickly without treatment

Sepsis is a serious infection that can turn fatal quickly. It is imperative that doctors who have a patient that might be septic take appropriate action to determine if sepsis is present so they can determine a proper treatment plan. Understanding sepsis might help patients and their loved ones to know what is going on.

Diagnosis errors aren't acceptable, action must be taken

We have recently discussed some pregnancy complications that can affect the mother and her unborn baby. In the cases that involve those issues, it is crucial that a proper diagnosis is made so that steps can be taken that might help to save the mother and child. This is also the case with all sorts of medical conditions.

Missed diagnosis and delayed treatments are serious issues

In the previous blog post, we discussed how important it is for a person who has breast cancer to receive an early diagnosis and quick treatment. If you recall, delaying chemotherapy after surgery for longer than 90 days lead to a sharp decline in survival. That is harrowing, but it is far from the only time when prompt diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between survival and death.

Early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is crucial

A person who has breast cancer has a good chance of survival in many cases. Typically, the stage of the cancer when it is diagnosed and the swiftness of treatment can both impact the ultimate outcome for the patient. This is something that applies to most types of cancer, so it is always imperative that the patient receives a diagnosis early and gets the treatment started as soon as possible.

Failure to diagnose or treat can be difficult to prove

You trust your doctor to take good care of you. When you went into his or her office with complaints associated with a medical issue, you probably expected the doctor to make a diagnosis and issue a treatment plan. While that does happen in most cases, there are some cases in which a doctor fails to diagnose a patient or fails to adequately treat a medical condition. These can both be very serious issues.

How important is prenatal testing?

Prenatal testing is a chance for doctors and parents to find out if there is anything medically wrong with a fetus before birth. This testing can help to plan out a woman's care during pregnancy, labor, delivery and certain aspects of care that are necessary after the baby is born. Parents who find out that their baby might have a serious medical condition have to make the decision about whether they will continue on with the pregnancy or terminate it.

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