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Common misdiagnosis of aspirin allergy

Many New York residents who have cardiovascular disease treat it with aspirin. However, according to a new study, many patients who have been told they have an aspirin allergy and cannot use it for treatment may not be allergic. The study was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting

Patients were diagnosed with an aspirin allergy on the basis of having had gastrointestinal issues in the past, but 34 percent of those told that they had an allergy did not. Only 2.5 percent actually did, and none of the people had been sent to an allergist to have the diagnosis confirmed. The type of reaction people had was not adequately documented in 39 percent of the cases. One of the people had a respiratory reaction and another had an anaphylactic reaction. Skin reactions occurred in 19 percent of cases.

Researchers pointed out that the result of failing to test means that many people are told to discontinue a treatment that could be beneficial for them. Furthermore, individuals who have a sensitivity that is not a full-blown allergy can be advised by an allergist as to how to manage the sensitivity.

This misdiagnosis of an allergy or other types of misdiagnoses such as misreading an MRI may severely affect an individual's health and recovery from illness. This might also include late or missed diagnoses. For example, patients usually have better cancer prognoses if the cancer is detected early. If a medical professional does not detect it in time, a patient might not be able to take advantage of certain types of treatments. Those who have been harmed as a result may want to discuss their options with a medical malpractice attorney.

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