Certain medical conditions can be difficult to diagnose, with symptoms taking doctors on a detour before they arrive at the right answer. Unfortunately for the patient, a misdiagnosis can delay treatment and lead to further complications. In this article, we’ll explore the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions and how these errors can affect patients.
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Let’s take a look at the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions at hospitals:
1. Heart Attacks
Heart attacks strike in an instant and are often fatal for the victim. But the warning signs of a cardiac episode can be mistaken for the symptoms of more common issues such as heartburn or panic attacks.
During the early stages, many forms of cancer can be difficult to detect. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, cancer is misdiagnosed around 28 percent of the time, with some types of the illness slipping under the radar during 44 percent of hospital visits. These misdiagnoses can result from negligence on behalf of the doctor or facility. It’s also possible for cancer to show symptoms that are easily confused with other conditions.
3. Celiac Disease
Patients suffering from celiac disease have a strong allergic reaction to foods containing gluten. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, depression, and joint pain. Because these symptoms are caused by a variety of illnesses, misdiagnosing celiac disease is common.
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