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Untreated strokes can lead to life-changing disabilities

A person who is having a stroke needs proper medical as quickly as possible. Leaving these conditions untreated means that the person might have more damage done to the brain than what would have occurred with proper treatments. This is why prompt diagnosis and treatment are imperative. Unfortunately, some patients have to deal with the doctors who are evaluating them not making an accurate diagnosis.

Missed appendicitis can be a fatal condition

When a patient in the emergency room presents with complaints of severe abdominal pain, there are a few things that might be wrong. One of these is appendicitis. No matter what the diagnosis actually is, it needs to be the correct one. Failing to diagnose appendicitis properly can lead to serious issues, up to and including death.

Pneumonia can be fatal if not diagnosed properly

This is the season when conditions like pneumonia run rampant. For this reason, doctors should be on the lookout for the classic signs of this illness. Unfortunately, it is possible that your condition could go undiagnosed if the doctor is rushing or not paying close enough attention. A failure to diagnose pneumonia could lead to serious medical issues for the patient. In some cases, it might result in death.

Appendicitis is life-threatening if not diagnosed promptly

Appendicitis is a serious medical condition that is caused by the inflammation of the appendix. If it is left without appropriate treatment, which is likely going to include surgical removal, there is a chance that it will swell until it bursts. This can lead to infectious fluid being spread throughout the abdominal cavity, which can lead to a fatal condition known as peritonitis.

Lung cancer: A missed diagnosis can be a death sentence

Lung cancer is a serious disease that requires urgent treatment. Unfortunately, not all patients with this condition are able to obtain the medical care they need quickly. They might go to the doctor with symptoms that can occur with other conditions. Some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer, which include shortness of breath and coughing, are also associated with many other conditions. This might lead the doctors caring for you to misdiagnose this condition.

Delayed stroke treatment can lead to death or disability

A stroke is a very dangerous event. It must be handled as an emergency or there is a chance that it can lead to permanent disability or death. Time is a huge factor in what type of lasting impacts the stroke will have on a person.

Misdiagnosis in the ER could lead to more emergencies later

Emergency rooms are places for very sick or very injured individuals to go and receive emergency care. They are for people who need an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical care, fast. While many emergency rooms do provide quality care for patients, some visitors to the ER may actually face further health complications later because of a missed diagnosis or an incorrect diagnosis.

Failure to diagnose sepsis could lead to fatal outcomes

Infections of any type could cause serious complications to your health. However, some issues could pose greater risks than others, and some infections could even have the potential to pose life-threatening or fatal harm. Luckily, many infections can be treated effectively with the proper medication when caught in enough time. Of course, you may fear that doctors or other medical staff may miss out on symptoms that could point to a serious issue.

Delayed diagnoses can be devastating, deadly

Like many people, when you hear the term "medical malpractice," you may think of incidents wherein a doctor or other healthcare provider has committed some form of terrible misconduct or made a careless mistake that resulted in injury or harm to a patient. A far less obvious yet much more common form of medical error is delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, but the results can be just as devastating or even fatal.

You should expect a proper diagnosis, act if that doesn't happen

All patients deserve to be cared for in an equal manner. Last week, we discussed how obese patients are sometimes treated differently and receive a lower quality of health care simply because of their weight. This is unacceptable, no matter how you look at it.

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