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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Misdiagnosis of MS is costing health system millions per year

May 9, 2012 in Neuroscience
It is relatively common for doctors to diagnose someone with multiple sclerosis when the patient doesn't have the disease — a misdiagnosis that not only causes patients potential harm but costs the U.S. health care system untold millions of dollars a year, according to a study published online today in the journal Neurology.

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1 comment:

Cherie said...

As an MS Certified nurse, I have seen many people diagnosed and later undiagnosed. More often than not, the diagnosis is reinstated within a year or two during which time there is generally a level of confusion, even dispair, that is present in the person who, once again, does not know or understand why they are feeling and functioning so poorly.

The majority of these undiagnosed cases have not been thoroughly listened to. Doctors have relied on lab tests, Lumbar punctures and MRIs and not spent time on taking thorough histories and doing thorough neurological exams at each visit. It has been my observation that the average neuro exam at a follow-up visit takes approximately 2-3 minutes...not long enough to elicit symptoms such as nystagmus or tremor...when a thorough neuro exam takes 10-20 minutes if all areas potentially affected by MS are to be assessed.

PLEASE...if you are one of those who has had a Dr. tell you you do not have MS and ALL other options for your symptoms have been exhausted...insist on revisiting the diagnosis or get another opinion.