Commonly misdiagnosed diseases and conditions

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Commonly misdiagnosed diseases and conditions

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2021 | Medical Malpractice |

When people in Houston, Texas, go to doctors, they expect them to make a diagnosis. However, stats reveal doctors misdiagnose conditions about 30% of the time. Here are some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions and diseases.


Cancer is one of the most misdiagnosed diseases, which can lead to harm from wrong or delayed treatment. Cancers often have symptoms that resemble other conditions and doctors may misinterpret results.

Some common cancers that get misdiagnosed include lymphoma, lung cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, and breast cancer. Skin cancer is a commonly misdiagnosed cancer that can be mistaken for eczema and other non-cancerous conditions.

Autoimmune diseases

Lupus is an infectious disease from tick bites, commonly causing breathing issues, chest soreness, nausea, vomiting, and rashes on the infected site. Sometimes, patients test negative from lack of symptoms, or it gets mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, which commonly causes balance issues, blurred vision, and cognitive impairment. This condition may have symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s, lupus, viral infections, fibromyalgia, and vascular disease.

Other conditions

Celiac disease occurs when a person cannot digest the gluten found in some wheat products. Though symptoms may vary among patients, some typical ones include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and weight loss. It can get misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Chron’s disease, and cystic fibrosis.

Heart attacks can resemble panic attacks, acid reflux disease, pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection, and angina. Women are at higher risk of getting a misdiagnosis because they could present some different symptoms than men.

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