MEDICAL MISDIAGNOSIS

Diagnostic errors accounted for 17% of preventable errors in hospitalized patients.

-U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

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Misdiagnosis Medical Injuries in Georgia

According to The American Journal of Medicine, 15 percent of all medical cases in developed countries are misdiagnosed. Millions of patients worldwide are being treated for the wrong conditions every year. A Mayo Clinic study found that 26 percent of cases were misdiagnosed while, according to The Journal of Clinical Oncology, up to a startling 44 percent of some types of cancer are misdiagnosed.

Types of Diagnostic Mistakes

Diagnostic errors usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Wrong diagnosis, such as mistaking a heart attack for a gastrointestinal ailment

  • Missed diagnosis, when the doctor fails to detect an illness or disease

  • Delayed diagnosis, when a correct diagnosis is made, but after significant delay. Late diagnosis is one of the more common types of diagnosis error

  • Failure to recognize complications, when a correct diagnosis is made but the doctor fails to identify complications or factors which change or aggravate the illness or condition

  • Failure to diagnose a disease that occurs secondary to the primary condition

Tragically, one of the most frequently missed and delayed diagnoses is that of cancer. Pulmonary embolism, drug reactions, acute coronary syndrome and stroke are also among the most frequent serious consequences of misdiagnosis. Emergency room misdiagnoses are likely to result in harm to the patient. For instance, appendicitis is the most common condition requiring emergency surgery in children; and yet, appendicitis is misdiagnosed in 28% to 57% of children under the age of 12 and in close to 100% of infants, according to Healthgrades, Inc.

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