New York residents may have heard of a recent study published by the Internet Journal of Family Practice that revealed 12 commonly misdiagnosed illnesses in the U.S. Sources indicate that improper diagnoses are more common in the medical community than medication errors and wrong-site surgery. A different study's researchers found that 28 percent of 583 reported diagnostic mistakes were life-threatening or led to permanent disability.
In the recent study, authors analyzed the results of malpractice and autopsy findings. According to the study, the most misdiagnosed illnesses include acute infections, pulmonary embolism, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, depression and strokes. Additionally, certain types of cancer, Lupus, Lyme disease, Parkinson's disease and Celiac disease are also misdiagnosed. The study found that some of the symptoms of these diseases might be uncommon or not present and thus misinterpreted for other medical conditions.