Reactive Arthritis Suffering Children Often Underdiagnosed

Clostridium difficile, also known as C. Diff is caused by bacteria in the body that goes bad and affects many different parts of the body, usually beginning with the digestive tract. Occasionally the bacteria formed by C. Diff ends up affecting the joints and becomes reactive arthritis. Reactive arthritis can make knees, ankles, toes, fingers, and many other areas of the body very painful. Usually it affects young adults and middle aged adults up to age 50, but children can also develop reactive arthritis. Unfortunately, when children develop reactive arthritis, it often goes misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed, according to new research.

JAMA Pediatrics recently reported research that shows just how difficult it can be for medical professionals to identify whether a child has reactive arthritis because of C. Diff. About 1 percent of children that have C. Diff end up developing reactive arthritis, and the epidemiology of both conditions aren’t entirely understood. Because of the rarity of these problems and difficulty in understanding both conditions, an estimated 65% of children who develop reactive arthritis won’t be diagnosed by medical professionals for it. This condition is often misdiagnosed as septic arthritis, which requires surgical drainage. This procedure doesn’t solve the child’s bacterial problem, allowing it to continue to grow until the C. Diff leads to more serious health issues.

Reactive Arthritis Suffering Children Often Underdiagnosed

Gordon & Doner know that when a child has reactive arthritis but it isn’t uncovered by medical professionals, it can be a very costly and risky problem. Medical professionals might try to use harmful interventions in order to solve the problems associated with reactive arthritis when it isn’t understood. Usually children with reactive arthritis visit emergency care, when symptoms are at their worst and the needed treatment isn’t given – allowing the C. Diff to develop into a more serious problem. Researchers hope that exposing this problem to the medical community will help physicians accurately diagnose the problem in the future.

Joan Rivers Settlement Finalized

In 2014 Joan Rivers saw an ear, nose, and throat doctor in order to correct an acid reflux problem. During the throat surgery, many different mistakes were made by physicians and as a result, Rivers ended up dying a few days after the procedure. An investigation into the procedure showed that unauthorized surgeons without the correct credentials were used during the surgery. They also failed to accurately monitor signs that the surgery wasn’t going well and even gave Rivers the wrong drug and failed to record it in the medical records.

What Should Have Been A Routine Surgery Got Botched

In the middle of the surgery, Rivers stopped breathing. The main physician involved never attempted to correct the problem and failed to call a hospital quickly enough, resulting in Rivers’ death. This prompted an investigation and eventually a medical malpractice suit by Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers. After two years of investigation and negotiation, a closed settlement has been finalized in order to insure that similar problems don’t occur to people who need what should have been a routine throat surgery. Melissa Rivers is calling for better monitoring of patients and for doctors to guarantee that they’re doing everything to keep their patients safe.

Joan Rivers Settlement Finalized

These problems and many more have finally been paid for thanks to the work of Melissa River’s team of attorneys. It’s believed that Rivers’ confidentiality was also broken during the surgery, as there have been photos uncovered from when Rivers was sedated. Overall the physicians handling the surgery didn’t perform to the best of their abilities in order to save Rivers’ life and conducted medical errors that could have been avoided by other professionals. Since the case has been worked out, Rivers’ family members can go on to celebrate her life as a talented comedic legend.