Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis in Florida
Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that is commonly misdiagnosed or diagnosed late. Only about 200 patients are diagnosed with mesothelioma in Florida each year, and the rarity of this disease can also lead to a delay in diagnosis. Other factors that may contribute to a mesothelioma misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis include the fact that mesothelioma symptoms are similar to those of more common diseases, the long latency period for mesothelioma, or medical errors.
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Mesothelioma Symptoms can Lead to Misdiagnosis
In an article titled Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: A Comprehensive Review, published October 2006 in Cancer Control, the journal of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, it is stated that malignant pleural mesothelioma occurs in roughly 200 Florida residents annually. These patients typically present with complaints like shortness of breath and/or steady chest wall pain, symptoms that can be attributed to a number of medical conditions, such as a cold, emphysema or pneumonia. They also may have a dry cough, weight loss, fever, fatigue, or night sweats, which are also symptoms that are associated with more than one condition. Even mesothelioma tumors may be mistaken for tumors of a more common form of cancer.
The long latency period for mesothelioma also presents a mesothelioma diagnosis challenge, as patients’ asbestos exposure may have occurred up to 50 years before they present with mesothelioma symptoms. The researchers added that, “Eighty percent of (mesothelioma) patients will have a definite asbestos exposure history, often with a 20- to 50-year latency between asbestos exposure and development of the malignancy.”
Common Mesothelioma Diagnosis Mistakes
Cancer misdiagnosis is the number one cause of medical malpractice lawsuits. Mesothelioma misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is especially common, as mesothelioma symptoms are often the same as those of other diseases. Still, your doctor should take the proper steps to ensure a correct and prompt mesothelioma diagnosis. Some common physician errors that may lead to mesothelioma misdiagnosis include:
- Failure to document a history of asbestos exposure
- Failure to order the correct tests
- Misinterpretation of test results
- Failure to test for mesothelioma when the patient has a history of asbestos exposure
In some cases, a mesothelioma misdiagnosis is not the physician’s fault, but can be attributed to laboratory errors or other factors.
Contact a Florida Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis Attorney
A mesothelioma diagnosis is a devastating event in any patient’s life and can be made even more disturbing when preceded by a mesothelioma misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. As with any cancer, mesothelioma is most effectively treated at an early stage, so any delay in diagnosis can have a very negative effect on the patient’s prognosis. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a mesothelioma misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, you may be able to file a medical malpractice mesothelioma lawsuit. A Florida mesothelioma misdiagnosis attorney from our firm can review your case for free and help you determine the best course of action for your particular case. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a Florida mesothelioma misdiagnosis attorney.