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Misdiagnosed diseases

Jan 2, 2018 | Failure to Diagnose

New York residents that suffer from certain medical conditions may be at a higher risk than others of being misdiagnosed. According to research, a misdiagnosis is the end result for millions of visits to the doctor each year. Medical conditions that are misdiagnosed or missed have the potential to worsen or become fatal.

A pulmonary embolism, a condition in which a blood clot occurs in one or both lungs, requires immediate medical assistance. Typical indicators may include chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath. Fever, dizziness and leg pain can indicate that the condition has become life-threatening.

A thyroid gland that is underactive or overactive can produce a range of symptoms, including constipation, abrupt feelings of depression or anxiety and depression. The symptoms of a thyroid disorder tend to gradually progress over time and can mimic the symptoms of other medical conditions, which is why physicians often misdiagnose the condition.

Fibromyalgia causes sufferers to experience chronic fatigue and pain. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, physicians believe that it may be caused by a mixture of infection, genetics and extreme emotional or physical strain. The symptoms of the condition are similar to those of other health issues, such as lupus, thyroid complications and arthritis.

Lyme disease, which is caused by a tick bite, can make sufferers achy, fatigued and depressed. Since it so underreported, and there is an insufficient amount of research, there is much about the condition that remains unknown.

An attorney that practices medical malpractice law may pursue financial compensation on behalf of clients that received negligent medical treatment. This may include people whose delayed diagnoses, misdiagnoses or delayed treatment resulted in the spread of a disease, a worsened condition or death. The physician and the health care facility may be held financially liable for the negligence.