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Female patients more likely to be misdiagnosed

Many Connecticut patients are aware that medical errors can result in serious complications. Some may even be aware that almost all patients will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lives. While the numbers are already high, female patients actually have a higher chance of receiving incorrect diagnoses, particularly when it comes to heart attacks, strokes and autoimmune diseases. There are several reasons for this.

First, some doctors believe that women may be too emotional and thus may miss symptoms when female patients are describing their problems. This may be in part because women often tell stories around their symptoms, potentially causing doctors to lose sight of the most important information. However, symptoms for women are often both physical and psychological, causing some doctors to diagnose a female patient with stress even though she may actually be suffering from a heart attack.

The other main issue is that some medical conditions are still not well understood in women. Many medical conditions affect men and women differently; however, many doctors are only trained to recognize the symptoms most commonly seen in men. Further, a study found that half of medical students felt that they were not properly prepared for the gender differences they may actually find in a real clinical setting.

When doctors or nurses attempt to diagnose a patient without using the appropriate criteria, patients can suffer a worsened medical condition. Those who were misdiagnosed may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney and discuss their situations. In order to prevail, it will have to be demonstrated that the misdiagnosis constituted a failure by the health care practitioner to provide the requisite standard of care.

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