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unnecessary stent
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A coronary artery stent is inserted into a blocked artery in the heart, using a catheter. The stent is usually a small wire mesh tube, and it may be coated with medication to decrease clot formation in your arteries. A stent is placed during a procedure known as coronary angioplasty, where a tiny balloon is first inserted in your artery to open up the clot.   When Is Angioplasty and Stenting Performed?   Angioplasty is used to treat coronary artery disease. The coronary arteries are arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, and when they become blocked with pl...
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Surgical Site Infection Negligence
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There are many things that can complicate a hospital stay or post-surgical recovery. On of the most common complications of a surgical procedure is a post-operative infection, sometimes known as a surgical site infection. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a surgical site infection as an infection that is related to a surgical procedure and that occurs at or near the surgical incision within thirty days of the procedure. This definition is expanded to include associated infections that occur within 90 days, if prosthetic materials are implanted...
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prescription-drug-errors
Category:Medical Malpractice
Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in the United States, and sometimes a physician may be negligent by prescribing a dangerous drug to a patient at risk. There have been a number of lawsuits in the news as a result of alleged medical negligence in prescribing.   One problem arises when a doctor prescribes a narcotic to a patient who may be dependent upon narcotics or may be abusing them. Why would a physician be negligent? Today, most states keep detailed prescribing records of scheduled drugs, and in some states, before writing a narcotic, a physician is obligated to...
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Hemorrhagic vs Ischemic Stroke
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Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, 130,000 Americans die annually each year from stroke. 795,000 Americans experience a stroke yearly, and many of these stroke result in long-term disability.   A stroke is a brain injury. Our brains need oxygen. The brain comprises 2% of body weight, but requires 20% of available oxygen. That oxygen is delivered by the arteries of the body to all parts of the brain. An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery, large or small, is blocked. When the cells in the brain do not receive oxygen, they die with...
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compartment syndrome
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Patients frequently visit the Emergency Department with musculoskeletal injuries, including fractures. The standard practice is for the doctors to obtain radiographic images (X-rays), then reduce and immobilize the fracture. If the fracture is fairly simple to reduce, without the need for neurovascular injury, then the patient is generally referred to an orthopedic surgeon, a doctor who deals specifically with bone and joint injuries, for a thorough follow-up.   People typically don't realize that when they sustain a fracture, they are at risk for a number of more seriou...
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complexregionalpainsyndrome
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Complex regional pain syndrome refers to a type of chronic pain syndrome that is thought to be the result of damage to the peripheral or central nervous system, typically after an acute injury to a limb. This is a vexing condition in which the malfunctioning nervous system produces signals that result in the perception of continued pain, even after the original injury has healed.   CRPS Types 1 and 2   Two types of complex regional pain syndromes exist. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome I was previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. CRPS I refers to prolon...
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meningitis-baby
Category:Child Injury Lawyer
Meningitis refers to a clinical syndrome that is characterized by an inflammation of the 3 layers of tissue that line the spinal cord. This tissue is called the meninges. The inflammation affects the underlying cerebrospinal fluid. Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous disease process that attacks the central nervous system. It is critical to diagnose this process quickly, because any delay in treatment may result in brain damage or death. Meningitis may result in hearing loss, mental deficits, paralysis, peripheral gangrene, or seizures.   Bacterial meningitis was usually f...
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