Multiple sclerosis and misdiagnosis

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Multiple sclerosis and misdiagnosis

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2021 | Medical Malpractice |

There’s an old saying that health is wealth. When Texas residents start to have physical challenges, it’s frustrating. They want to know that their health care practitioners can tell them what’s going on and how to fix it. However, sometimes physicians make errors. This can even extend to treating the wrong disease in a patient. Understanding why and how this happens is the first step in understanding how to stop it.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a serious disease affecting the central nervous system. This disease is sometimes disabling. Getting diagnosed with MS is very serious. It can change someone’s whole outlook on life and plans for the future. Unfortunately, MS shares several symptoms with other conditions. There’s no reliable test for it. That means that some Texans receive a life-altering diagnosis every year.

In fact, one of the best way to arrive at a diagnosis of MS is to eliminate every condition that has similar symptoms. For example, two signs of MS can be tingling and numbness. In some studies nerve damage, or neuropathy, has been misdiagnosed as MS in up to seven percent of patients.

In addition to eliminating other diseases, doctors will typically perform a neurological exam and order an MRI. They may also perform a spinal tap. All of this can help them to clarify a patient’s condition and arrive at the correct diagnosis.

If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s important to contact an attorney. It’s possible you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. An experienced lawyer might help you understand whether you have a case and who can be pursued for damages.