Overdiagnosed Conditions

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Overdiagnosis is a common form of medical malpractice that occurs when certain conditions are diagnosed more often than others. Overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis typically occurs with conditions that have symptoms similar to those of other conditions and/or diseases. Overdiagnosis may also be a result of inadequate knowledge or awareness of certain conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

A number of conditions can be over-diagnosed by medical professionals, which can lead to serious injury or even death in unsuspecting patients. Some commonly overdiagnosed conditions include:

•  Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – ADHD is one of the most overdiagnosed conditions, particularly in children. Doctors commonly diagnose children with ADHD and prescribe Ritalin treatment that can cause serious harm to those who do not have behavioral problems.

•  Sinusitis – Studies have found that many patients who have been diagnosed with sinusitis don't have the condition. Sinusitis is a commonly overdiagnosed condition because it shares the same symptoms as the common cold or asthma.

•  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS ) – IBS is the most overdiagnosed condition of the chronic digestive disorders, causing other serious conditions, such as Crohn's disease or Celiac disease, to get overlooked.

•  Alzheimer's disease – This mental disorder is overdiagnosed and other alternatives are commonly overlooked.

Overdiagnosed conditions may lead to a delay in proper diagnosis and treatment increasing the risks of serious injury and even death in patients. If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm as a result of a misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for your damages including pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.

Please contact us today to learn more about overdiagnosed conditions or to speak with a medical malpractice attorney who can protect your legal rights and maximize your interests.

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