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What is the frequency rate of misdiagnosis incidents?

A misdiagnosis is a serious issue that delays treatment of a health problem, while possibly causing doctors to "treat" a condition that does not exist. This incorrect treatment, or a simple lack of treatment, can prove devastating for a patient. For instance, a misdiagnosis of skin cancer as a simple rash can allow a very treatable type of cancer to spread to other parts of the body, making treatment far harder and perhaps impossible.

How does a misdiagnosis harm a patient?

Being misdiagnosed by your doctor is devastating, especially if you were diagnosed with something not too serious initially. Many victims of misdiagnosis don't realize there is a problem until it is too late. Why? They are often diagnosed with a condition or disease they know is not serious and is easily treatable. Then, their symptoms either don't go away or the symptoms worsen. That leads to a correct diagnosis, which is often severe.

Mistakes lead to misdiagnoses in the emergency room

The emergency room is usually a busy place at any point during the day or night. With dozens of people walking in for care or being brought in via ambulance, mistakes are bound to happen. Despite the emergency room being overrun with patients, doctors and nurses are still required to provide a certain level of care for everyone. Let's look at mistakes that lead to emergency room misdiagnoses.

The dangers of failing to diagnose a patient properly

The failure to diagnose a patient properly can be deadly. That is the worst-case scenario a doctor can face. Why? Failing to diagnose a patient with the proper illness or disease can turn deadly, especially if the issue is not found before it is too late. Today, we will explore the dangers of failing to diagnose a patient properly.

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