Doctors are supposed to be experts in their fields, which is why patients in Delaware put their trust in them when seeking a diagnosis. As many people have already realized though, misdiagnoses are not all that uncommon. Here are just a couple of the most commonly misdiagnosed problems in the medical field.
Doctors often prescribe medication to their patients who come in seeking treatment for infections. However, in many cases doctors mistakenly diagnose patients with viral infections, which should not be treated with antibiotic medication. Consider just a few of the problems associated with antibiotics when they are prescribed for viral infections:
- Allergic reactions
- Increasing antibiotic resistance
Multiple sclerosis — also referred to as MS — is an autoimmune disorder that is frequently confused with other illnesses. MS patients have been misdiagnosed as suffering from other types of autoimmune diseases, like lupus, sarcoidosis and myasthenia gravis. Symptoms of progressing MS can be quite severe and impact daily life, so any type of misdiagnosis can be disastrous as it prevents patients from getting the treatment they need. A few symptoms of MS to be on the lookout for include:
- Facial sensory loss
- Vision problems
- Motor loss
Misdiagnoses have the power to alter the course of patients’ futures. Any delay in getting the correct treatment can increase symptoms, elongate recovery times and even worsen long term outcomes. Victims who have suffered because a Delaware doctor incorrectly diagnosed their diseases may want to explore their options for legal recourse, including medical malpractice lawsuits.