Many patients in Maryland who have hyperglycemia, usually called high blood sugar, also have diabetes. However, people with diabetes may not be diagnosed with the disease until it has reached a dangerous stage. When people are diagnosed with new-onset diabetes, they could have a better outcome thanks to education and treatment that they receive early on.
A study that was conducted by researchers from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro University California found that the HbA1C test can be effective in diagnosing diabetes in patients with hyperglycemia. The researchers analyzed medical records for 348 patients that had hyperglycemia when they were admitted to a rural Midwestern hospital. Some of the patients were given the HbA1C test and some were not.
Researchers found that 77 percent of the hyperglycemia patients that were given an HbA1C test had results that demonstrated diabetes or prediabetes. According to one of the researchers, patients that had no history of diabetes were five times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes if they were given the HbA1C test. The findings show that there may be opportunities to give the HbA1C test to more patients so that chronic diabetes is not mistaken for transient hyperglycemia.
There may be a time when a doctor does not properly diagnose a patient even though the patient displays many clear symptoms of a particular condition. A patient in this situation may not receive a diagnosis in a timely manner. If the failure to diagnose leads to the patient’s condition worsening or other harm, a medical malpractice attorney can review the available evidence to see if pursuing litigation would be advisable.