When a doctor in Pennsylvania makes an incorrect diagnosis, the patient concerned may be prescribed the wrong medication or asked to undergo unnecessary tests while the true cause of the symptoms remains unidentified and untreated. While many medical ailments challenge physicians with a baffling array of symptoms, there are certain conditions that are particularly prone to misdiagnosis.
Thyroid hormones affect the entire body, and disorders of the thyroid gland are among the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions. The restlessness and insomnia associated with a high level of thyroid hormones or the fatigue felt when levels are too low are often associated with unrelated medical conditions, and patients worried about a misdiagnosis should request T4, T3 and TSH tests as well as a TPO check. Symptoms associated with lupus may also lead to an incorrect diagnosis, and patients diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis after discovering a rash may consider a blood test to ensure that their symptoms are not being caused by lupus.
Identifying Lyme disease can be very challenging for doctors, and residents of states with high deer populations should request Lyme disease testing when they develop any symptoms associated with the condition. While blood tests can be used to identify commonly misdiagnosed conditions like celiac disease, fibromyalgia, which is misdiagnosed in 85 percent of cases, cannot be detected by lab tests.
Patients may suffer serious consequences when their conditions are not diagnosed correctly, but they may find it difficult to pursue civil remedies. The defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits often have considerable resources at their disposal, and doctors may be reluctant to point out errors made by their peers. Attorneys with experience in this area may be familiar with challenges such as these, and they could call upon independent medical experts to establish that mistakes were made.