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The seven most commonly misdiagnosed conditions

The average American will suffer at least one serious health condition in his or her lifetime. Unfortunately, some of these people will have their conditions misdiagnosed. Connecticut residents should know about the seven health conditions that doctors most frequently misdiagnose; that way, they can watch out for symptoms that may seem minor in isolation and ask accordingly for second opinions.

Panel revises diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis

It may take some time for Connecticut patients to get a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and an erroneous diagnosis is not uncommon. One of the difficulties is that no single test can identify the disease. Instead, clinicians generally must rule out other causes of the presented symptoms and then use a number of processes including lab tests, medical history, a clinical examination, and an MRI of the brain.

A second HIV test could reduce HIV misdiagnosis

Connecticut parents may be interested to learn that a study found that testing infants who had a positive HIV test a second time could reduce misdiagnosis of HIV. Infants in vulnerable populations, such as South Africa, undergo nucleic acid amplification tests to look for an early HIV diagnosis. However, these tests are not 100 percent accurate, potentially resulting in misdiagnoses that can cause unnecessary stress and healthcare costs for parents. Although the World Health Organization recommends that infants undergo a second test, many are not given that second test.

Symptoms for pneumonia and lung cancer

Connecticut residents who are suffering from pneumonia or lung cancer may exhibit a range of symptoms. Both medical conditions originate in the lungs and share many of the same symptoms, which can make the conditions difficult for physicians to properly diagnose. However, the lung cancer symptoms are typically more severe.

Misdiagnosed skin conditions

People in Connecticut who visit a dermatologist's office because of certain skin conditions are likely to have those skin ailments misdiagnosed. One reason for this is that many skin conditions have symptoms that are similar to those of other diseases. Patients may also go to dermatologist's office after having received previous diagnoses from another facility and may waste valuable time in unnecessary or inaccurate treatments.

Diagnosing nasopharyngeal cancer

One type of cancer that physicians in Connecticut may fail to properly diagnose is nasopharyngeal cancer. There are multiple avenues of diagnosis a physician can pursue, and the tests that they use for a particular patient will depend on the age and medical condition of the patient as well as the type of symptoms and signs the patient may be exhibiting. The type of cancer in question and the results of previous medical tests are also factors that physicians must consider when selecting a diagnostic test for nasopharyngeal cancer.

Differences in breast cancer mortality rates

Throughout Connecticut and the rest of the nation, breast cancer death rates have dropped due to medical innovations. However, a report from the American Cancer Society states that black women still have a greater chance of passing away from breast cancer than caucasian women.

Men and breast cancer

Connecticut men should know that both women and men have the same risk factors, which include genetic abnormalities and age, that are associated with breast cancer. Men who are between the ages of 60 to 70 are most affected by breast cancer. Men with a history of the disease in their family have an increased risk.

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