As many New York patients may know, a misdiagnosis is considered to be any diagnosis that was not correct or a correct diagnosis that came too late to help the patient. One may occur because symptoms may have been overlooked or were not present when a patient was first diagnosed. In some cases, the same group of symptoms may be present for a variety of different illnesses or diseases. A recent report indicates that while the overall number of diagnoses has fallen, certain common ones are still too often missed, based on autopsy studies.
Lung cancer and colorectal cancer were two of the top five conditions misdiagnosed according to a study from a 2009 study from a physician at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. The other three most commonly misdiagnosed conditions were pulmonary embolism, acute coronary syndrome and reactions or overdoses to drugs. The results were gathered by analyzing 583 reports of doctor errors from hospitals across the nation.