Tens of thousands of patients die per year as the result of misdiagnoses, as well as other medical errors. Misdiagnosed medical conditions can be hazardous, leading to unnecessary treatment, lack of proper care, or unneeded trauma. Unfortunately, countless diseases and conditions go unnoticed each day. Have you experienced adverse effects as a result of a misdiagnosis or been harmed due to lack of treatment resulting from a misdiagnosis? The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Snyder Law Group are here to help victims of medical malpractice. Let’s go over some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions.
Although still rare, celiac disease diagnoses have increased recently. The disease consists of an allergy to gluten that leads to intestinal tract damage when consumed. Celiac disease has a variety of symptoms, including joint pain, headaches, and digestive upset. However, patients are often diagnosed with simple gluten intolerance or mental health conditions before receiving the correct diagnosis.
A chronic condition, fibromyalgia is misdiagnosed frequently. It is commonly mistaken for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Because it is misdiagnosed, many patients do not receive proper care and treatment for this serious and even debilitating condition. Failing to diagnose fibromyalgia in a reasonable period is the basis for many medical malpractice cases.
Thyroid conditions are diverse and can manifest in multiple ways. As a result, issues with the thyroid are commonly misdiagnosed, even mistaken for depression. These conditions represent another situation in which patients do not get treatment on time because of misdiagnosis.
A pulmonary embolism consists of a blockage of the main artery in the lung. The symptoms of a pulmonary embolism are pretty similar to the symptoms of a heart attack, which often leads to misdiagnosis. Pulmonary embolisms are also sometimes misdiagnosed as pneumonia. Doctors will often send patients with a pulmonary embolism home without proper care, leading to severe consequences, and even death.
Mental health conditions are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Since depression is experienced differently by different people, it is often hard to pinpoint. Diagnosing depression requires a complete physical and examination of a patients’ medical history. Since this process can be arduous, some patients go extended periods without a proper diagnosis.
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