The dangers of a stroke misdiagnosis

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The dangers of a stroke misdiagnosis

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

People in Texas who think that they might be having a stroke need to go to the emergency room immediately. Unfortunately, even patients who get to the hospital quickly can be misdiagnosed. A stroke misdiagnosis is extremely dangerous and can lead to permanent injuries.

Common symptoms of stroke

Stroke symptoms may include weakness and numbness on one side of the body as well as headaches, confusion, speech difficulties and vision problems. Stroke patients sometimes have trouble walking since they feel very dizzy and unbalanced. A severe headache can also be a sign that someone is having a stroke.

Misdiagnoses are common

Stroke patients who arrive at the emergency room with a terrible headache are often told that they are simply having a migraine. Since migraines can have a lot of other symptoms besides head pain, other symptoms of a stroke may be dismissed as symptoms of the migraine. If a patient has had a history of migraines, hospital staff may be even more likely to misdiagnose a stroke. Stroke can also be confused for these common medical conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Infections

The effects of misdiagnosis

A stroke misdiagnosis can lead to dangerous delays in treatment and medical malpractice claims. If stroke patients are not treated quickly with the correct therapies, they can have permanent brain damage. In severe cases, a patient can die of a stroke that was not diagnosed correctly.

Liability for stroke misdiagnosis

Doctors that misdiagnose stroke patients may be sued for medical malpractice. Although a doctor may not be able to tell immediately that a patient is having a stroke, they should perform tests to eliminate stroke as a possibility. If a doctor failed to consider stroke as a possible cause of a patient’s symptoms, the doctor may be liable for the patient’s further harm.

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