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Conditions having similar symptoms leads to misdiagnoses

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2021 | Failure to Diagnose/Misdiagnosis in ER |

Falling ill is never good. One not only needs to take the time to get better, but they may also need to seek medical treatment. Many ailments can look like something else, which makes it especially imperative that medical professionals consider this. However, given these times, many medical professionals in New York and elsewhere may assume that a patient is suffering from a virus, while they are in fact dealing with a completely unrelated illness. Misdiagnosis could be very harmful to patient, causing depreciated health or even death.

Concern for misdiagnosis

With the pandemic putting a certain illness to the forefront of everyone’s minds, this has caused some challenges with properly diagnosing patients who exhibit similar symptoms but are suffering from a completely different condition. For example, fatigue and a high fever could be due to a wide range of conditions, including various infections, non-infection conditions and even cancer. In fact, many blood cancers could present very similar symptoms, such as fever and fatigue.

Delayed diagnosis

With the health of the general public a focal point, this has led to the misdiagnosis of patients due the fear that the patient could be contagious. However, this has led to patients to go through wrong treatment plans or having a delayed diagnosis of the illness he or she is actually suffering. Such a situation could lead to worsened condition, new medical conditions or even death.

When a patient seeks medical attention, the expectation is that they will be diagnosed and treated for the illness he or she is suffering. However, if a medical professional fails to properly or timely diagnose a patient, the patient could suffer greatly. Thus, it is important that patients explore their options in this matter, consider the legal actions they could takes, such as a medical malpractice claim. This could help the patient hold the medical professional accountable while also recovering compensation for the damages suffered.

 

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