Patients rely on medical expertise to evaluate their symptoms and deliver a timely, accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a delayed or incorrect diagnosis to result in a worsening condition or an illness with an accelerated rate of advance.
Since the symptoms of mesothelioma are not specific to only that disease, the diagnosis is often initially missed. Mesothelioma mimics numerous other conditions and it can be challenging for medical professionals to quickly diagnose the illness. This delayed or improper diagnosis can lead to delays in treatment and a diminished survival rate.
What should you do if you think you’ve been misdiagnosed?
When facing the possibility of any type of serious illness, it is wise to seek a second opinion. Do not simply rely on your own intuition or online research. Numerous facilities – even different doctors in the same facility – offer advanced diagnostic services. Seeing two doctors likely gives you a higher chance of reaching the correct diagnosis faster.
What are some common symptoms of mesothelioma?
As stated earlier, Mesothelioma shares numerous symptoms with other conditions. Here are some symptoms to remain wary of:
- Muscle weakness
- Pleural effusion
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
It is vital that your medical provider takes a lengthy, accurate work history as asbestos exposure can generally be attributed to your work environment.
Diagnostic tests can include blood-marker tests, X-rays, PET scans and MRIs. Additionally, biopsies are helpful, because it is possible for the doctor to see the damage firsthand and to witness the type of scarring that has occurred.
Unfortunately, a misdiagnosis of any type can put your life at risk. In the case of mesothelioma, asbestosis or any type of lung cancer, it can impact your survival and the lives of those around you. Do not hesitate to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal options.