Sometimes, misdiagnosing a condition poses little, if any, danger. Other times, however, a misdiagnosis can put patients at extreme risk. For example, if a doctor diagnoses you with a lung infection when you really have cancer, you will not receive the life-saving treatment you need.
Cancer is not the only condition subject to a misdiagnosis. Below, we will list other commonly misdiagnosed illnesses. Knowing the risks of a misdiagnosis can help you avoid tragedy before it has a chance to strike.
Get a second opinion after receiving these diagnoses
You want a second (or even third) medical opinion after any cancer diagnosis. Having additional assessments regarding your condition ensures you receive the right treatment. Other commonly misdiagnosed conditions that benefit from a second opinion include:
- Heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person. Clarifying your diagnosis ensures you receive the proper treatment while avoiding potentially harmful treatments if you have not suffered a heart attack.
- Celiac disease. As a condition frequently misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or other disorders, a second opinion can help you get the necessary medical care.
- Fibromyalgia. Doctors still do not know much about fibromyalgia, but it has many symptoms, including joint or muscle pain and exhaustion. An additional evaluation can rule out other conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, ensuring you are on the right track regarding treatment.
- Aortic dissection. A potentially life-threatening condition, aortic dissection or a tear in the aorta (a large vessel connected to the heart), can allow blood intrusion and other aortic damage. It is notoriously hard to diagnose, making additional medical opinions and immediate treatment vital to avoid death.
If you discover that you have received the wrong diagnosis, a successful medical malpractice claim can ensure you acquire the necessary compensation to address your condition. However, you must also take steps to learn more about medical malpractice laws in New Jersey.