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Reducing Medical Misdiagnoses

Medical misdiagnosis remains to be a huge problem within healthcare: diagnosing the patient with the wrong disease, or diagnosing them much too late. Furthermore, one consistent problem tends to be what is termed "a diagnosis that is missed, wrong, or delayed, as a detected by some subsequent definitive test or finding," according to president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Mark Graber, M.D. Likewise, the largest areas of misdiagnosis includes:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Infections-sepsis, meningitis
  • Aortic dissections
  • Drug reaction or overdose
  • Lung cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Breast cancer
  • Stroke
  • Abscess
  • Heart failure

Researchers are finding ways to help combat misdiagnosed data. For instance, autopsy findings help physicians reveal unsuspected diagnosis that are clinically missed for common diseases. Moreover, although not as common, physician reported errors still tend to happen which again leads to misdiagnosis. Regarding reducing misdiagnosis early in a physicians career Grader concludes, "We'd like to do things in medical education that will make doctors better diagnosticians. If they realize they make mistakes, they are less likely to make them." If you or a loved one has suffered from a medical misdiagnosis, the skilled St. Louis malpractice attorney's at Meyerkord & Kurth would like to hear from you.

Contact with health care professionals is a necessary part of our society and almost always beneficiary. However, providers are human and mistakes can be made. Even the most careful health care professionals can make a mistake that injures a patient. However, not all medical mistakes rise to the level of malpractice. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will help you if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys continue to set the standard for representation of difficult cases. If you have a medical malpractice issue, contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.

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