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May 2017 Archives

When should you seek a second opinion?

Timely, correct diagnosis of cancer is important for developing an effective treatment plan. Sometimes, this means seeking out additional medical expertise beyond your current Massachusetts health care provider. Here are a few signs that it is time to consult another physician.

Chronic subdural hematoma: Slow, subtle and dangerous

A head injury generally requires a trip to the nearest Massachusetts doctor. However, the chronic subdural hematoma can be tricky to identify because it may not result from standard head trauma and can take a significant amount of time to cause worrying symptoms.

Hospital culture and C-section rates

Cesarean sections are a common procedure, but recent evidence suggests that the surgery is perhaps more common than it needs to be. In particular, what hospital Massachusetts mothers-to-be choose can be a determining factor in whether they receive surgical intervention during a low-risk delivery.

Referrals often result in new diagnosis

When you visit your provider in Massachusetts because of troubling symptoms, he or she may determine a treatment plan for you. However, many doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners decide to refer their patients to a specialist. At Donovan O’Connor & Dodig, LLP, our team has advised many clients who discovered that the first opinion was not the one that resulted in the correct level of care.

Study finds misdiagnosis of strokes common in young patients

A stroke is one condition that requires rapid medical attention, regardless of the severity of the symptoms, and Massachusetts patients trust their doctors to recognize the warning signs. However, recent evidence suggests that physicians may misdiagnose strokes in an alarming number of cases, particularly among younger patients, minorities and women.

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