According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million people in the United States suffer from hemochromatosis. Another statistic reveals that 1.5 million people in the country live with undiagnosed hemochromatosis, which is approximately 1 in 181 people.
Roughly 5 in 1,000 Caucasians in the US carry two copies of the gene that causes this disease and are highly susceptible to developing hemochromatosis.
Hemochromatosis is one of the most misdiagnosed diseases in New York and other places. Many people have not heard of it and unfortunately, many medical professionals are not sufficiently aware of the disease. Due to the disease’s slow and insidious onset, it can remain undiagnosed for years, or even decades. Before the underlying cause of hemochromatosis is detected, a person may be diagnosed with hepatitis, liver disease, diabetes, or other complications.
Undiagnosed Complications of Hemochromatosis
Hemochromatosis has a number of complications that need to be correctly diagnosed:
- · Discoloration of the skin (bronze skin color).
- · Diabetes, or damage to the pancreas. This usually appears to be similar to Type II diabetes, but a subtype with a deficiency to insulin rather than insulin-resistant Type II diabetes, which is more common.
- · Damage to the liver, such as liver cirrhosis and jaundice. Mild damage to the liver may only be seen as abnormal tests of liver function. In cases of more severe liver disease, it may result in jaundice or more advanced liver cirrhosis symptoms such as accumulation of abdominal fluid.
- · Damage to the pituitary gland. This often results in a decline in pituitary hormone. There are symptoms, such as enlargement of male breasts, tenderness of male breasts, etc.
- · Heart damage, or heart failure. Possible symptoms include edema (e.g. swollen ankles), shortness of breath and other symptoms of heart failure.
As mentioned, hemochromatosis is often undiagnosed and proper treatment is seldom provided. Because it is considered a rare disease, doctors often do not think to order tests for it. Also, the initial symptoms of the disease can be somewhat vague and diverse and can appear similar to the symptoms of many other diseases. However, if hemochromatosis is diagnosed early and treatment is provided before there can be any organ damage, a person can live a healthy, normal life.
Protecting Your Rights in Hemochromatosis Misdiagnosis in New York
Because hemochromatosis can be misdiagnosed so often and left untreated, there can be serious complications, causing severe harm to patients in New York. If a doctor misdiagnoses this disease and it leads to serious injury to the patient, the patient can protect their rights by filing a malpractice claim against the medical professional. Financial compensation can be obtained for a number of damages, including pain and suffering, loss of income, and so on.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of hemochromatosis misdiagnosis, you should immediately see the help of the experienced and majestic medical malpractice lawyer at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. You have been suffering and your work has been affected. Someone needs to pay.
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