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How can you protect yourself against a misdiagnosis?

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Feb 28, 2017 2:29:44 PM

In New York, you have access to some of the best physicians in the country. However, when you become a patient, you may be faced with a situation where you are at risk for a misdiagnosis of an ailment. As such, it is vital to know the steps you can take to protect yourself against misdiagnoses.

According to Fox News, the key to combatting a missed diagnosis may be to just remain active in your care. Ultimately, you are the only one that truly understands your body and what you are feeling. Given this, you have the right to question your treatment at any time. You can request details on the effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed to you. Additionally, if you are concerned with test results, you can ask your doctor to investigate further.

Moreover, you should try to monitor and keep a record of the occurrence and severity of any symptoms. This information may help your medical provider in effectively treating your condition. Also, make sure to keep your physician informed of any regimens or habits such as your current prescriptions or a smoking dependency.

What may also help in preventing incorrect diagnoses is to be aware of some common complications. Stroke symptoms such as speech problems, disorientation and arm weakness may be delayed in a patient, making it difficult for a medical provider to immediately diagnose the ailment. In addition, a cancer diagnosis may be missed when a physician neglects to perform a biopsy after irregular test results. And, in some situations, serious issues may mimic other benign conditions. For example, a pulmonary embolism may seem like bronchitis, and a heart attack may show symptoms similar to that of influenza.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

Topics: Medical Malpractice

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