Misdiagnosis of Breathing difficulties
Breathing difficulties: Misdiagnosis
Diagnosing breathing difficulty and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, breathing difficulty may progress gradually, such as in COPD, or it may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care. In other cases, a person may be unaware of breathing difficulty, such as in sleep apnea.
Breathing difficulty can be a sign of a serious condition and should be evaluated immediately. Breathing difficulty is a symptom of many different conditions, so a thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the reason for breathing difficulty.
Breathing difficulties: Related Misdiagnoses
Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed,
leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed.
People become concerned that a condition is a heart attack,
whereas there are various less dangerous possibilities.
After all, there are numerous causes of chest pain.
Some of the common conditions where a person may become concerned
about a possible heart attack include a panic attack (which often has
both chest pain and difficulty breathing), and heartburn/reflux type conditions.
Nevertheless, chest pain itself can be a potentially life-threatening symptoms,
and needs immediate professional attention.
Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases
are difficult to diagnose.
Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early.
Some of the chronic lung diseases with diagnostic difficulties
include asthma (perhaps surprisingly), COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma,
smoker's cough, AIDS-related respiratory conditions (see AIDS), chronic pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases.
Rare possibilities include diseases like psittacosis (bird-related lung infection).
See other types of chronic lung diseases.
Breathing difficulties: Possibly Deadly Misdiagnoses
Some of the causes, which may potentially be dangerous or fatal
if left undiagnosed, may include:
More about Misdiagnosis
Conditions listing medical symptoms: Breathing difficulties:
The following list of conditions
have 'Breathing difficulties' or similar
listed as a symptom in our database.
This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete.
Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause
of any symptom.
Select from the following alphabetical view of conditions which
include a symptom of Breathing difficulties or choose View All.
Conditions listing medical complications: Breathing difficulties:
The following list of medical conditions have 'Breathing difficulties'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.