July 2015 Archives

Misdiagnosis may affect treatment choices

As Missouri residents may know, some diseases are more commonly misdiagnosed than others because symptoms sometimes resemble those resulting from other illnesses. When a physician orders the appropriate testing to challenge a differential diagnosis, finding the correct one is possible. This allows the patient to receive the right treatment earlier. A missed or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition may lead to inappropriate treatment or a worsening of symptoms.

Certain patients misdiagnosed under new COPD guidelines

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in Missouri might be surprised that a new study suggests that guidelines for diagnosing the condition is leading in some cases to a misdiagnosis. Conducted in the United Kingdom, the study highlights the resulting risks as well.

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