TED TALK : Misdiagnosis and its consequences

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Misdiagnosis and its consequences

Before going to TED talk, let me ask you a few questions??

Have you ever encountered a situation where you have been misdiagnosed for what you were suffering and given a wrong medication?

Do you think that, it is such a big mistake? Well after going well, we all have studied about the various types of incompatibilities, its consequences and how to treat them. Now what if the symptoms of what we are suffering from itself have been wrongly diagnosed?? Especially the case of vital organs such as brain & heart isn't it shocking?

Yes this is the subject topic of our speaker Aditi Shankardass. Our speaker starts her talk by how she was inspired to become a doctor on Neurology side when she was just 10 years old and then she directly goes in to the point about her in to the point about her Phd subject - the neurological causes of dyslexia in children. It is a disorder where the mental development of the child is retarded and may lead to certain mental impairments permanently. About 1in 6 children are suffering from it.

This disease is mostly diagnosed by observing the physical symptoms only & these symptoms have similarities. With those of autism and so it was so misleading and half of the children who were told to be suffering from autism were actually suffering from brain seizures which were curable.

These children would space out for seconds at a time, would not be able to communicate with others & were poor in language. When these children's were given anti -seizures medications, they over come all their problems in about 2 months only.


Now how come our speaker discovered this? This was when she was working with a team at Harvard University and later headed it who has recorded the ECG (Electroencephalogram) or the electrical activity of the brain by using an advanced technology which allows to watch the brain, its functions & to detect even the slightest abnormality. The brain Electrical Activity Mapping Programme traces the source of that abnormality then, the statistical probability Mapping program then calculates if this abnormality can be treated clinically. And now the speaker is in the process of setting a branch in India. And then she anecdote about a boy named Justin senigar whose story was telecasted even in the ABC News who has been wrongly diagnosed from brain seizures to autism.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBxvZwJZgdM


Now if this continues, the real problems may go undetected or even worse. I conclude by thanking the speaker for bringing in to notice such miss happenings and there by enlighting us.

http://www.ted.com/talks/aditi_shankardass_a_second_opinion_on_learning_...

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V.B.S.Aishwarya,

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Uma Pratyusha's picture

Hi Aishwarya, You are exactly right! This is the case in most of the private hospitals these days due to lack of time or so....but as a pharmacist let us educate the people and doctors not to misdiagnose or get misdiagnosed and invite threats!

Regards

Uma Prathyusha

V.B.S.Aishwarya's picture

Hey thanks for your comment surely we shall do our best

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V.B.S.Aishwarya

 

 

 

Pushpendra Jain's picture

Hi its good Aishwarya,

Mind Hunter; Jiyo aur Jine do

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Dear Sir, thanks for your comment

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V.B.S.Aishwarya

 

 

 

Prof. J. Vijaya Ratna's picture

Dear Aishwarya You rightly focus on a very pertinent issue. Dear Pratyusha You should not criticise only private hospitals. Mistakes may happen anywhere. They may happen with pharmacists also. To err is human. What all we can ask for is, just as we are practising GMP, doctors must also have good clinical practices and use a systematic methodology in diagnosis and in prescription. Then there will be less chance of errors. But errors will happen because diagnosis involves a two way communication. Patient should also communicate properly and not be reserved or shy or indifferent. He/she should become an active participant in the process of diagnosis, then errors will be less. The following incident happened to me. A few years ago, I was having pain in my gums and visited a dentist. She prescribed a few medicines and I took the prescription to a chemist very near her clinic. He gave some medicines and I brought home the packet. Ready to consume the medicines, I emtied the packet on the table. First I thought I will take something for my pain, and I looked for a pain killer. I found diclofenac sodium tablets, serrapeptidase tablets, and mefanemic acid tablets. I wondered why she would give three agents for my pain and inflammation and I looked into the prescription. I found that-- The dentist prescribed metronidazole gel and the chemist mistook it for mefanemic acid. I took them back to him and showed it to him. He very sullenly changed it; did not even say sorry. So to err is human, but to accept it and to try not to repeat it, is the great thing. Vijaya Ratna
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Dear madam, Thanks for enlighting us. Regards,

Regards

V.B.S.Aishwarya

 

 

 

Uma Pratyusha's picture

Dear madam, I agree with you but I said so because so many news' articles in the papers say that someone were wrongly treated and so... But I even mentioned 'not to get misdiagnosed' which meant the patient should properly communicate with the doctor for proper treatment. Well, sorry for the mistake madam!

Regards

Uma Prathyusha

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