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Failure to diagnose: Conditions that mimic ovarian cancer

If a doctor misdiagnoses an allergic condition as a common cold, it probably will not result in serious complications. In most cases, the patient will recover from the symptoms regardless of the diagnosis. However, some conditions will worsen without the correct diagnosis followed by immediate treatment. Ovarian cancer is such a condition and it can be fatal without proper treatment.

Is failure to diagnose skin conditions a big problem?

When discussing or thinking about failure to diagnose, conditions that affect the skin are often overlooked. Because people can see most of their skin every day, they may think that nothing is wrong. However, many patients may not notice the symptoms associated with such conditions because they see their own skin so often.

Misdiagnosing Lyme disease, the great imitator

Living in Boston and other regions of Massachusetts means you are no stranger to ticks. Notorious for hitching a ride on skin, clothing and even pets, deer ticks can cause a great deal of suffering when they bite. Worsening the situation, Lyme disease is one of the most misdiagnosed illnesses in the United States.

What medical conditions are commonly misdiagnosed?

People in Massachusetts and elsewhere rely on the knowledge of medical professionals to help them receive the right treatment. The first step in any treatment plan is pinpointing the patient's condition and delivering an accurate diagnosis. When failure to diagnose occurs, it triggers a cascade of potential problems for the patient such as:

Medical cognitive bias that could cause diagnostic errors

Medical mistakes and diagnostic errors are common in doctors' offices, hospitals and other health care facilities in Massachusetts. While some of these errors are benign and easily corrected, others can lead to critical conditions and even death. Failure to diagnose and misdiagnoses are among the most common medical mistakes, and they can have catastrophic consequences for patients and their families.

This is why you should care about failure to diagnose cancer

Learning that you have cancer is one of the most frightening revelations that you will ever experience. In truth, it is safe to say that no one ever wants to hear those words spoken by a physician. Yet, if you do indeed have cancer, you need those words and you need them as early as possible. Failure to diagnose cancer is more common than you may think. It could happen to you or to someone you love and need in your life.