In the medical professional, mistakes can potentially be detrimental to a person’s health. However, everyone is human and bound to make a mistake at some point. Diagnostic errors are more common that people may think in the medical field. Here are four commonly misdiagnosed conditions.
It is important to catch cancer early on so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. Unfortunately, however, this is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions. The Journal of Clinical Oncology reported that a cancer misdiagnosis occurs 28% of the time. Doctors misdiagnose Cancer due to missing information, incomplete medical history, or not having enough time to complete a thorough patient evaluation.
Another very serious and commonly misdiagnosed condition, strokes occur when blood is unable to reach a part of the brain and can lead to permanent disabilities or even death. Doctors often overlook stroke symptoms in younger patients because it’s less common for them to have a stroke. They often misdiagnose strokes with vertigo, migraines, or intoxication. Stroke injuries can be very serious, so it is important to pay attention the signs, regardless of age.
This is a bacterial infection that occurs as a result of a tick bite. The main symptom of this disease is a rash, but not everyone gets one, so it makes it harder to diagnose. People typically suffer with the disease for 1-2 years before it is properly diagnosed. This is because the symptoms are things such as muscle pain, stiffness, and fatigue, which can be related to a variety of different diseases.
Thyroid disease can cause an under or overproduction of the thyroid hormone. This hormone is a necessary part of the metabolic process. An imbalance of the hormone can cause symptoms such as weakness, weight fluctuation, muscle pain, and fatigue. These symptoms are often confused for conditions such as depression.
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