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Dermatologists could prevent the misdiagnosis of cellulitis

Many Texas residents are diagnosed with cellulitis each year, but a study published in the medical journal JAMA Dermatology suggests that about a third of them may actually be suffering from other skin conditions. Doctors do not currently have a way to diagnose cellulitis reliably, which is a problem because a number of other medical conditions present similar symptoms to the bacterial skin infection. These conditions are known as pseudocellulitis, and researchers at a leading Massachusetts hospital evaluated 165 emergency room patients who had been diagnosed with cellulitis to find out how many of them were actually suffering from similar, but less serious, skin problems.

Study sheds light on post-treatment Lyme disease

In Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. where ticks are present, Lyme disease has become a big problem. What's worse is that 10 to 20 percent of people who contract the disease continue to report symptoms even after the antibiotics have supposedly cured them. These symptoms range from joint pain to brain fog and even clinical depression, and they may persist for months after treatment.

System looks at ways to track misdiagnosis rate

When Texas patients go to the doctor, they expect to receive correct answers and diagnoses that fit their conditions. A misdiagnosis can endanger the health of a patient, leading to disability or even death when incorrect treatments are applied or an underlying serious illness goes untreated.

Treating sepsis

About 1 to 3 million people throughout Texas and the rest of the nation receive a diagnosis of sepsis every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Up to 30 percent of those people will die from the condition.

Conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed

In Texas and across the U.S., millions live with undiagnosed cancer. Unfortunately, missed diagnoses will increase the chances of failed treatments and death. Though cancer is the one condition that's most frequently misdiagnosed, there are many more to watch out for.

Lower testosterone levels reduce prostate cancer risk

Texas residents may be interested to learn that men who produce abnormally low amounts of testosterone may be less likely to develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives. According to a study, this is because male hormones, like testosterone, are known to promote tumor cell growth.

How doctors diagnose nasopharyngeal cancer

Doctors throughout Texas and elsewhere in the country perform a range of tests to diagnose cancer and determine if it has spread, or metastasized, to other areas in the body. The most basic way to diagnose cancer is a physical examination and blood test. The only sure way to detect most common cancers is with a biopsy. This procedure involves removing a small amount of tissue for pathologists to analyze.

Diagnosing cancer

Diagnosing cancer can be difficult, though there are certain steps that Texas doctors can take. When a patient has a potential cancer symptom or a screening test result suggests that the patient might have cancer, the doctor may order a number of different diagnostic tests or procedures in order to make a formal diagnosis.

What to know about skin cancer

Texas residents who are over the age of 50 may be at an elevated risk of Merkel cell carcinoma. However, the majority of those who experience this condition are over the age of 70. Other risk factors for this condition include being a male and having light or fair skin. Those who have immune suppression or spent time in the sun or in tanning beds may also be at a higher risk for this type of cancer.

Lump in the foot could be sign of serious cancer

When someone visits a Texas physician complaining of foot pain or a foot lump, the chances of bone cancer are very low, but the possibility needs to be considered. A physician might easily misdiagnose a malignant form of bone tumor known as osteosarcoma when it appears on the foot of an adult. Physicians tend to expect to see osteosarcoma in other parts of the body and among teenagers.

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