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Misdiagnosis of MS leads to costly unnecessary treatments

Texas residents who have been told that they have multiple sclerosis should seek second opinions due to the likelihood of a misdiagnosis. A study of 241 MS patients referred to the Cedars-Sinai Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center found that 18% of them had something besides MS. Their misdiagnoses had resulted in them being prescribed medications that could produce serious side effects and cost at least $50,000 per year. They also missed opportunities to be treated for their actual conditions.

Reports find misdiagnosis behind most malpractice claims

Two separate reports from malpractice insurers state that most malpractice claims are due to misdiagnosis. Texas residents may want to know the details because they agree substantially with previous studies. For example, the National Academy of Medicine concluded back in 2015 that diagnostic errors may be the third leading cause of death among hospitalized patients.

Younger patients with colon cancer more likely to be misdiagnosed

A study from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance shows that more colorectal cancer patients under 50 are being diagnosed with advanced stages of the cancer. This is due to an unfortunate trend where younger patients are being misdiagnosed and, consequently, treated for the wrong conditions. Texas residents may want to know more because colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, affects young adults as well as older individuals.

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.

Lack of details can lead to a misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis occurs more often than patients in Texas or elsewhere may believe. However, there are cases when a diagnosis is correct but may not be completely accurate. In other situations, the diagnosis may be too vague to allow medical professionals to effectively treat a patient. Even if someone receives treatment, it may not result in that person getting any better. It is also possible that an incorrect or vague diagnosis could lead to treatment that makes a condition worse.

Multiple tests and procedures monitor spread of bladder cancer

Detecting bladder cancer requires specific tests that look for the presence of cancer cells or tumors. People normally experience some symptoms before seeking medical attention. Ideally, Texas physicians will detect the cancer early when treatments have a greater chance of success. The process involves diagnosing the cancer, removing tumors and monitoring for the spread of cancer.

Researchers say optic neuritis is overdiagnosed

Texas residents might be interested in a study that found that the eye disease optic neuritis is frequently diagnosed in patients who are actually suffering from something else. The researchers determined that almost 60 percent of the patients in the study who were referred for optic neuritis were actually misdiagnosed.

Hereditary neurological diseases often misdiagnosed

Hereditary disorders with neurological effects can be medically devastating, but many times people with these disorders need to wait long periods before receiving an effective diagnosis. Two such illnesses include Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, or CMT, and familial amyloid polyneuropathy, or FAP. Both disorders often have an onset around the age of 20, and they can sometimes be confused for one another. A proper diagnosis is critical in order to provide the correct treatment that can significantly improve patients' quality of life.

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