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What are some common misdiagnoses and why are they made?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2022 | Failure to Diagnose/Misdiagnosis in ER |

Doctors may take a Hippocratic oath to do no harm, but if they fail to make a correct diagnosis, patients suffer harm. Misdiagnoses are a serious problem in the U.S., affecting many patients every year. These are preventable mistakes that should not be made. The following is some information on why misdiagnoses occur and commonly misdiagnosed conditions.

Why do misdiagnoses occur?

A doctor may misdiagnose a patient for any number of reasons. The doctor could fail to listen to the patient, leading to miscommunications. A doctor could order the wrong tests or read a test incorrectly. A doctor may fail to refer a patient to a specialist if needed. A patient could have atypical symptoms that the doctor does not recognize. These are only some reasons a doctor may misdiagnose a medical condition.

What are some common misdiagnoses?

Some medical conditions are commonly misdiagnosed. They include:

  • Certain types of cancer
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Sepsis
  • Pulmanory embolism, and
  • Brain hemmorhage

The misdiagnosis of any of these conditions can cause a patient to suffer worsened conditions. The patient’s health may decline significantly until a correct diagnosis is made.

Misdiagnoses can be costly

Misdiagnoses can be costly in many ways. In addition to a worsened condition, the patient could incur significant medical expenses in obtaining a correct diagnosis and treating their condition. They often miss time at work, leading to lost wages. A misdiagnosis can cause significant pain and suffering. For all these reasons, those who suffer a misdiagnosis will want to see if they are able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit to obtain compensation for the harms they suffered.