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The misdiagnosis of rare diseases

While certain rare diseases may have relatively few sufferers, they can have an enormous impact on global health when considered as a whole. According to the World Health Organization, around 400 million people suffer from a rare disease. In Texas, a person may be considered to have a rare disease if fewer than 200,000 people throughout the country also have it.

Study investigates eye tumor misdiagnosis

Optic nerve sheath meningiomas are rare tumors of the optic nerve. While they are generally not cancerous, they can have severe effects that lead to the swelling of the eyes and a loss of vision. However, many Texans with these tumors are misdiagnosed and given incorrect and unnecessary treatment that may carry significant side effects. At the same time, their actual illness goes untreated, which could lead to the tumor growing to the central nervous system or causing blindness.

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