Five Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses

Five Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses

    As per an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors were misdiagnosing fatal illnesses 20 times out of 100.

Even after the availability of advanced medical diagnostic equipments like CT scan, MRI scan, PET scan and endoscopy, the situation has shown no improvement from what existed in the 1930s, thereby killing thousands of individuals every year. According to experts, there are certain diseases where misdiagnosis is quite common.

Aortic Dissection: Aorta is a major artery that comes out of the heart and supplies blood to other parts of the body. Aortic dissection involves tearing of the aorta, a sensation that can be easily felt by the patient. However, misdiagnosis occurs with respect to the symptoms that could indicate presence of other diseases.

Cancer: Misdiagnosis of cancer occurs due to the inability of the doctors to follow the cancer screening guidelines and properly interpret the lab results.

Clogged arteries: Sometimes, doctors identify shortness of breath as a consequence of obesity or overweight. It might be due to a coronary artery disease.

Heart attacks: Heart attacks are the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions. Many times, heart attacks do not involve massive symptoms. The attack can also be silent with mild indications like a sense of fullness in the chest, nausea, mild shortage of breath, mild pain in the chest or a general uneasy feeling.

Infection: Infections are another popular case of misdiagnosis.

     Patients should carefully observe the changes occurring in their body. Misdiagnosis can be prevented if the patient takes a bit of care. One should insist the physician to conduct more diagnostic tests when strange symptoms present themselves in your body and prevail for more than 3 weeks. Another useful option is to ask the doctor about the possible outcomes of a symptom. Doctors tend to ignore other conditions the minute they reach a conclusion, a situation called premature closing. It is important to seek a second opinion from a specialist or another doctor.

Five Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses