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Is a lung anomaly an x-ray shadow or a valid cancerous spot?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2021 | Medical Malpractice

Undergoing chest cavity testing can be a frustrating experience for patients when doctors cannot determine with accuracy what they have found. Many Texas residents undergo testing only to receive potentially inconclusive results, and honest misdiagnosis does happen. But, there are some cases of lung evaluation in which blatant mistakes are made with respect to obtaining all available information, and many times missing a truly serious spot on the lungs as an inclusive shadow is one of those situations.

Dangers of a missed cancerous tissue diagnosis

The primary danger of missing a cancerous spot on the lungs is that it delays finally pinpointing the problem. It is always best to identify an anomaly as soon as possible because treatment in late stages is usually much too late. Missing a shadow completely or writing it off as a prior infection scar can both be issues in medical malpractice claims when oncologists fail to test further for more definitive data. Shadows sometimes do not even register on a lung x-ray, and comprehensive testing is standard medical protocol.

Further treatment options

Options for continued testing when a potentially cancerous cell is located are extensive, and there is never too much information when doctors are diligent in identification. Not only can more internal optics evaluation be implemented, but tissue biopsies are also central to a final determination. Comprehensive testing typically includes a CT scan and a PET scan along with a MRI before any lung scoping or biopsy removal is performed. Doctors must be careful when dealing with potential cancerous tissue because exposure to oxygen can result in quick spreading, and taking measures outside of established treatment regimens can be the basis for a medical malpractice claim.

It is important to remember that a doctor’s demeanor can be used as a method of covering up the fact that errors have been made in some lung diagnosis and treatment regimens. It is vital to catch lung cancer early, and it happens to non-smokers just as often as to those who do smoke. Always seek medical attention when there are problems with your lungs because time is essential to the hope of any cure.

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