Last April, a 43-year-old man visited the Holzer Clinic complaining of fever, chills, congestion, body aches, headache and a cough. He had a 102.2 degree temperature. The doctor prescribed the man Tamiflu after tests for strep and influenza were negative. He was then released and sent home.
Most patients agree that a doctor's job is to find out what's wrong and to treat that condition if possible. When you go to a doctor, your simple question may be, "why am I dizzy?" or "Why does my stomach hurt?" Your doctor may focus on that single symptom, but he or she is also looking at other potential causes.
A failed or erroneous diagnosis can put your life at risk. It's important for every nurse or doctor to take your symptoms seriously and to rule out the most serious risks first.
Failing to catch cancer early enough in its development can make it nearly impossible to eradicate, even using today's technology. It's not always easy to identify when a young adult has cancer. It's not typical to see cancer in such a young person, and that can mean that important signs and symptoms are dismissed by doctors.
Cancer is often misdiagnosed, putting patients' lives at risk. While many misdiagnoses have to do with the difficulty of finding cancer, some are caused by negligence of doctors. Failing to follow up with test results, confusing patient charts and other behaviors can lead to patients who suffer from progressing cancer when they should be getting treatment.
When you're concerned about your health, you go to the doctor and have tests performed. When those tests come back, you expect to find out what's wrong. When a doctor tells you that his diagnosis is the cause of your pain or illness, you believe him. Finding out later that the diagnosis was wrong and that you're seriously ill is not only traumatic, but something that might have been avoided with different tests or better care.
Unfortunately, stories of misdiagnoses are fairly common among people fighting cancer. While an accurate and prompt diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death, many doctors get the diagnosis wrong. In fact, according to the New York Times, about 28 percent of patients with cancer are misdiagnosed at first by doctors and pathologists. Undoubtedly, this is an incredibly high and startling number, especially considering the importance of a proper cancer diagnosis. Here is some information about the issue of cancer misdiagnosis.
Certain conditions are commonly misdiagnosed. Doctors' failing to be attentive to symptoms, not taking preventative measures or not ordering follow-up tests can result in wrong diagnoses or late diagnoses. Here are the five most commonly misdiagnosed conditions:
Out of all cancers, pancreatic is one of the worst. It is hard to treat, and it's fatal much of the time if it's not caught in the earliest stage.
A diagnostic error occurs when a diagnosis is missed, wrong, or delayed. As a patient in Ohio, knowing that your diagnosis has been wrong or delayed can be a very important factor in your personal injury case. If a diagnosis is wrong, you could be treated with the wrong medications. If it's delayed, then you may not receive the care you need as quickly as you should have. If the diagnosis is missed completely, it could be life-threatening or deadly.