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Disease misdiagnoses cause disability, death

Montana residents might take an interest in an article that describes the 12 most commonly misdiagnosed conditions. An MD, who is also the American College of Physicians' Board of Governors internist and chair, insisted that good doctors do not feel threatened when patients seek a second opinion.

The Board of Governors chair advised patients to listen to their bodies and be clear about all symptoms during examination. In addition, this physician states the importance of asking a doctor for a test and requesting post-evaluation follow-up to receive results. It is also important that patients provide thorough details of their medical history. In addition, people seeking treatment can ask the examining physician for a list of all possible diagnoses.

A 2008 report formulated by the Internet Journal of Family Practice research team indicated that acute infections were the number one misdiagnosis. Numbers two and three on the list were lung blood clots and heart attacks. The next few conditions included as follows: cardiovascular disease, cancer (breast, melanoma, gynecological, colorectal and hematological), stroke and celiac disease. The list finished with lupus, chronic lower back pain, Parkinson's, Lyme disease and depression. This report information came from autopsy and malpractice data.

Medical studies revealed that about 28 percent of misdiagnosed conditions threatened people's lives or caused substantial disability. These potential medical malpractice situations often require the attention of personal injury lawyers. A legal professional may investigate on behalf of their client to determine if the individual's death or debilitation was due to a physician or hospital's negligence.

Source: Mother Nature Network, "12 illnesses that are commonly misdiagnosed", Melissa Breyer, July 18, 2014

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