Families in Chicago may benefit from learning more about which illnesses are most commonly misdiagnosed in the United States. Recent statistics underscore how important it is for patients to seek a second opinion from another physician. Studies indicate that around 10 to 20 percent of all medical cases are effected by a delayed, incorrect or missed diagnosis. Among 528 misdiagnoses sampled in a study, 28 percent resulted in permanent disability or a condition that was potentially fatal. Statistics indicate that there are approximately 12 million conditions misdiagnosed each year.
Lyme disease is well-known for the damage it can cause. But for people in Illinois, it is not just the disease itself that is an issue. A failure to diagnose Lyme disease can result in delayed treatment and a worsened condition. Patients who have the disease but are unable to have it detected and treated effectively are possibly at risk for prolonged suffering.