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Gout patients liable to be misdiagnosed

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2020 | Failure To Diagnose & Misdiagnosis

If you’re a resident of Boston or Newton and you believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, then you have the right to seek compensation. Medical conditions are prone to misdiagnosis, and one of the most prominent of them is gout. This type of inflammatory arthritis normally causes pain in the joint of the big toe, but the fact is it can occur in other parts of the body.

Pseudogout and infections

Some medical experts call gout a “great imitator” because of the number of conditions it can mimic. One of them is pseudogout, a condition characterized, like gout, by a build-up of crystals in the joints. The difference is that with gout, the crystals are made from uric acid while with pseudogout, they are made from crystallized calcium pyrophosphate.

Gout can be mistaken for infections like cellulitis and septic arthritis. The former, a bacterial skin infection, can cause areas of the skin to get red and hot. The latter is like gout in causing fever and a rise in white blood cell count.

Gout diagnosed as other forms of arthritis

When gout affects several joints, doctors are liable to misdiagnose it as rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors may also say psoriatic arthritis, though this type will exhibit skin plaques and pitted fingernails. Lastly, those who fracture their toe without knowing it may be diagnosed with gout.

Attorney to take on your case

Diagnostic errors can lead to patients getting the wrong treatment or no treatment at all. Meanwhile, the condition they really have becomes worse. If you’re in a similar situation, then you may seek to be reimbursed for these medical costs and for any non-monetary damages as well through a medical malpractice case. To this end, it may be wise to find an attorney who has medical professionals on staff.