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Diagnosing a commonly misdiagnosed illness

Aug 18, 2016 | Failure to Diagnose

There are some health-related issues that require a closer look in order to achieve a proper diagnosis. New York residents who are prone to various and seemingly unrelated illnesses that have no immediately recognizable cause may actually suffer from a commonly misdiagnosed disorder.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is an inherited connective tissue condition that affects how the body is able to create and process collagen. The body consists of 30 percent collagen, which makes up parts of bones, skin, cartilage, muscles, tendons, brains and more. Because collagen is a component of so many parts of the body, the symptoms that involves these parts of the body can seem very random.

It can take almost 20 years for an individual to be accurately diagnosed with EDS after symptoms begin to appear. The disorder is estimated to affect one out of every 500 to 1,000 people, and those who suffer from it may experience varying degrees of severity. EDS hypermobility is the most prevalent type of the disorder and has occurrence statistics that some experts believe to be underestimated. It is often misdiagnosed as hypochondria, rheumatoid arthritis, or depression.The presence of EDS can be confirmed with the help of a geneticist. An accurate diagnosis is essential to receiving effective treatment of EDS as a treatment plan for a misdiagnosed illness can result in even more damage to an individual who suffers from EDS.

A failure to diagnose an illness in a timely manner can result in significant harm, including a worsened medical condition. A medical malpractice attorney can review an affected patient’s records and obtain the assistance of medical experts in order to determine whether such failure constituted a failure to exhibit the requisite standard of care.