One of the most common types of misdiagnosis is that of the failure to diagnose the condition at all. As a result of this failure or even the delay in diagnosis of a condition, many patients are going untreated and suffering severe consequences. Once the medical advice for the symptoms that are occurring has been sought, doctors can still make a wrong diagnosis, even under-diagnose, or even find that there is nothing wrong.
Meningitis is an infection of the inflammation of the membranes covering and protecting the spinal cord and brain, or central nervous system. It can usually develop or be caused from a number of things, but is most commonly by a viral or bacterial infection. Meningitis can also come from a physical injury, cancer, or even certain drugs. As some forms of meningitis are mild and can even cure on its own, the possibility for serious neurological damage or death should prompt serious medical attention as some forms of meningitis such as bacterial meningitis can be far more dangerous, resulting in brain damage, learning disabilities, hearing loss, and even death.
The reason meningitis is often misdiagnosed is because early symptoms are similar to the flu, and therefore, proper testing is not done. Yet, sadly, most fatalities that are associated with meningitis are the result of failure to properly diagnose in the early stages. If there has been suffering due to a misdiagnosis of meningitis, please click here to for a free case evaluation.