Over the past decade, there has been a surge in the reported number of certain conditions. The following takes a look at seven of the most overly diagnosed conditions in the U.S. – if you’ve had your condition misdiagnosed, the Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. can help.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is being diagnosed in children at higher rates than ever before. According to an article published in University of California – Berkeley’s Wellness in March of 2014 reveals that one in every nine kids received an ADHD diagnosis in 2013, representative of a spike.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The number of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS – cases being reported in recent years is also representative of a large, and somewhat unbelievable, increase. Irritable bowel and gastrointestinal issues can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from diet to stress to genetics. Symptoms of IBS can also mask more serious conditions.
- Low Testosterone
Between the years of 2009 and 2013, there was a 65 percent increase in the sale of low-testosterone drugs, according to a Wall Street Journal article published in 2014. In response to the surge in low-t drugs, as well as research indicating that the drugs can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, an FDA panel has agreed overwhelming to investigate the drugs, and the concern that the condition is being heavily over-diagnosed.
- Sleep Apnea
Those who truly suffer from sleep apnea face a dangerous condition that often requires medical intervention. However, according to multiple sources, including a 2012 article in NPR News, tests to diagnose sleep apnea are being overprescribed. As result, payments for sleep testing have increased from $62 million in 2001 to a whopping $235 million in 2009.
The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted a study in 2013, the conclusions of which were that “Americans are over-diagnosed and over-treated for depression.” The conclusions were based on data collected, which revealed that only 38.4 percent of adults who were involved in the study, and who had been prescribed psychiatric mediations, met the 12-month criteria for depression.
A study published in TIME magazine in 2008 indicated that as many as one out of every three patients over the age of 15 who’s been diagnosed with asthma may not actually suffer from the condition. A more recent article published in October of 2013 in Contemporary Pediatrics suggests that asthma is over-diagnosed by a factor of five.
- Thyroid Cancer
While South Korea leads the world in the number of misdiagnosed cases of thyroid cancer – the incidence of which has increased fifteenfold in the past two decades, according to a 2014 article in The New York Times – Europe and the United States aren’t far behind those numbers. More screening – which is often unnecessary – is revealing more tumors, the majority of which are completely harmless, but that are being treated at alarmingly high rates.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney if Your Condition is Misdiagnosed
If you’re suffering from a condition, illness, or disease in Boston, receiving the right diagnosis is essential to your treatment and wellbeing. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers take advantage of the system, overly diagnosing conditions in an attempt to make more money. If this has happened to you, call the attorneys at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. now for legal representation. You can reach our offices today at 617-973-9950.