With new diseases making their presence known on the face of the earth every day, seeking regular medical care has become imperative. Complex health issues, uncontrolled usage of antibiotics and other medicines, and side effects of chronic diseases are making it more challenging for healthcare professionals to provide foolproof cures for the patients. People with autism are already receiving poor healthcare. To make things worse, confusing symptoms are driving some professionals to mistreat their patients. While the act is completely unintentional, it can end up taking the life of the patient.
Below are five commonly mistreated medical conditions - according to research.
Stroke is perhaps one of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions. According to statistics, around ten percent of strokes are misdiagnosed, making it the fourth most misdiagnosed medical condition. The major reason for this is the missed symptoms. Several conditions might appear as a stroke, such as migraines, seizures, brain tumors, sepsis, and high or low blood pressure. It is also commonly believed that mostly the elderly get strokes, making the condition an easy target for a misdiagnosis.
To diagnose a stroke, the physician first must rule out the other common symptoms mentioned above, such as migraines or high/low blood pressure. Strokes require quick diagnosis and prompt medical care. Failure to do so can take the patient's life.
Cancer is another medical condition that is often misdiagnosed. In fact, around 10-20 percent of cancer cases are misdiagnosed, making it one of the most misdiagnosed medical conditions in the world. Among all the types of cancers, lymphoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer are most commonly misdiagnosed. Because of the sensitivity and intensity of the condition, prolonged mistreatment can take the patient's life. If the mistreatment is identified early on during the treatment, it can be rectified as soon as possible.
If you, your family member, or a friend has faced mistreatment for cancer, you can sue the medical facility. Various medical misdiagnosis attorneys provide regular services for cancer mistreatment and provide strong legal counsel for you and your loved one.
Heart attacks are also commonly misdiagnosed, which leads to thousands of deaths around the globe. According to studies, as many as 11,000 heart attacks are misdiagnosed in the United States every year, making it one of the most obscure and fatal medical conditions.
Heart attacks are commonly confused with chest pains - from acid reflux, or pneumonia. The latter can cause inflammation around the lungs, leading to mild to severe chest pain.
To diagnose heart attacks, the physician must collect the medical history of the patient properly. As heart attacks can take lives very fast, a quick checkup and prompt diagnosis are required to save the patient.
This is also commonly known as brain hemorrhage. According to statistics, around twenty-five percent of brain aneurysms are misdiagnosed every year. The most common symptom of a brain aneurysm is severe headache, which is then ruled out as migraine or stress headache during the misdiagnosis. While a migraine will go away after some time or after taking proper medication, a brain aneurysm won't. If left untreated, it can create a complex situation and cause the death of the patient.
The correct way to diagnose this condition is through collecting proper medical history, doing a CT scan and MRI, and performing a cerebral angiography. CT scans and MRIs can sometimes fail to identify an aneurysm or traumatic brain injuries. Therefore, the doctor must take proper caution before diagnosing the condition and prescribing the medicines.
Sepsis is becoming more common in recent days. It's the body's reaction to an infection, sometimes extremely severe, that can create a life-threatening situation. It is caused by bacterial, fungal, or viral infections. Unfortunately, a whopping fifty to eighty percent of cases of sepsis can be misdiagnosed - the average number of these two is already prevalent in the United States. The symptoms of sepsis are very common - high body temperature, low white blood cell count, high heart rate, and respiratory rate - all these can be misdiagnosed as regular fever, respiratory diseases, or some other infection. If not treated with immediate care, sepsis can become fatal for the patient. While it is difficult to diagnose sepsis immediately, it is not impossible. Proper administration of antibiotics - and the right kind - can cure sepsis.
The medical industry is riddled with discoveries of new diseases every day. The old conditions are getting much stronger as the symptoms of the old diseases are getting more complex and confusing. Therefore, cases of misdiagnosis are on the rise. Despite the precautions, if you or your loved one face a case of mistreatment, you can always reach out to a suitable attorney to file a lawsuit and claim compensation.