Most Common Medical Misdiagnoses

Medical misdiagnoses occur more frequently than you might think. Typically, the number of medical misdiagnoses in the United States is estimated to be around 10 percent of all cases. It is even estimated that 28 percent of those misdiagnosed cases resulted in either death or lifelong impairment.

Every misdiagnosis comes with inherent risks, ranging in severity from prolonged treatment to loss of life. Most often, these cases are caused by a medical professional misreading the symptoms presented to them, a mistake that can qualify as medical negligence in many situations.

The attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia, are dedicated to helping individuals who have been wrongfully diagnosed. It’s important to understand the risks you face when seeking treatment and the options you have for compensation if you are misdiagnosed.

Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses

If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, you may want to seek a second opinion from a professional:


Fibromalygia is a chronic disorder that is characterized by widespread pain and tenderness of the muscles. Pain can also be accompanied by fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep issues.

Unfortunately, medical professionals often have a difficult time diagnosing fibromyalgia because there is no one test that can diagnose it and the exact cause is still unknown. Because of this, medical professionals often misdiagnose it as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Celiac Disease

It might seem shocking, but about 83 percent of people who suffer from celiac disease are either undiagnosed or have been misdiagnosed with other conditions.

Many medical providers and physicians have trouble diagnosing celiac disease because the symptoms can vary from person to person. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea, which mimic symptoms found in irritable bowel syndrome.

Because of the damaging nature of celiac disease, leaving it undiagnosed or misdiagnosed can deprive patients of vital treatment. If untreated for too long, it can cause intestinal cancers and early death.


Every year, doctors overlook the early signs of strokes in tens of thousands of Americans. Stroke symptoms can include vision problems, confusion, severe headache, numbness of the face, and trouble speaking, which when presented by young adults can be read as vertigo, migraine, or alcohol intoxication.

Strokes happen quickly and require immediate medical care; otherwise, they can be fatal. Misdiagnosing key signs of a stroke is a fatal mistake.

Heart Attack

Heart attacks are often mistaken for anxiety or indigestion, and women often do not experience the classic symptoms. Because women tend to have different symptoms, they are often misdiagnosed.  Brushing off chest pain and dizziness without looking further into the patient’s medical history or running tests can deprive them of lifesaving treatment.

Contact Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP, in Atlanta About a Medical Malpractice Case

Medical misdiagnoses can be harmful and potentially fatal. If you or a loved one has had a condition misdiagnosed, it’s important to immediately seek legal counsel.

Medical malpractice cases are complex and require special attention to prove fault. The attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP in Atlanta have a unique mix of medical and legal knowledge they use get clients the compensation they deserve.

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