The Almighty Doctor

Posted by Dental News Team On November - 9 - 2009

Today we would like to discuss a recent case which should cause to think twice about believing in the infallibility of doctors.

blut_urinA good friend of our Dental News Team discovered blood in his urine. After the problem persisted for a few days, he did the right thing and went to a hospital for help.

He was told that it was probably just an inflammation of the bladder. As a lay person you are probably unaware of the fact that blood in your urine – known as a “macro-haematuria” – must always be followed by a thorough check-up, since it may be caused by a malignant tumor which has spread to the urinary tract.

You may actually be lucky if this happens, since it acts as an early warning sign of a tumor.

At the hospital our friend was simply told that if the bleeding didn’t stop, he should come in for a CT in three month’s time. But we found out about this by chance, and realizing the danger, took immediate steps and got a CT done.

Now are friend, who is also a husband and father is going to have his right kidney removed in a couple of weeks, since the CT showed a malignant tumor. Had he waited those three months, then the tumor may have ruptured the capsule of the kidney and metastasized, at least now he has a good chance of recovering!

Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against doctors, in fact we ourselves are doctors. We just want to open your eyes to the fact that some of our colleagues treat their work as just another “job”, but that’s not what working with people is about!

Always get as much information as possible about your illnesses, so that you are clear on them, don’t let yourself be put off by vague explanations!

Every symptom needs to be examined, take good care of your health, and don’t rely on anybody else to do it!

Dear Franz, we wish you a speedy recovery and you and your family all the best!

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