The chance of getting a medical misdiagnosis could be greater than you think. A recent study found that diagnostic errors may affect as many as 12 million – or one out of every 20 – American adults. Half of those errors are potentially harmful, according to the study’s authors.
“You have a good chance of being misdiagnosed if you have a really rare disease or a really common disease,” says Mark Graber, MD, founder and president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, who was not involved in the study.
Check out the commonly misdiagnosed conditions!