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Diabetes cases may be misdiagnosed

Most people in North Carolina and elsewhere may be aware of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 occurs when the body kills its own insulin while type 2 occurs when the body cannot make enough insulin. However, there is a third type of diabetes that may be caused by damage to the pancreas. This type of diabetes may be misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes in some patients. A misdiagnosis may require a patient to spend time and money on treatments that may not work.

Side effects of those treatments could create more harm. A study by a University of Surry researcher published in Diabetes Care looked at 30,000 adults who had diabetes and found that 559 cases had occurred after a patient had pancreatic disease. However, only 3 percent of those cases resulted in a type 3c diagnosis. Another 88 percent of patients had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

While the study may hint at problems with misdiagnosis, it is not enough evidence to say for sure that this is occurring. The American Diabetes Association only mentions type 1 and type 2 diabetes on their website, and they also have information about diabetes related to pregnancy. However, there is no mention of other types despite the study being published.

If a patient is misdiagnosed with a condition, it may result in serious injury as well as unnecessary medical costs. Patients who are injured by a medical professional's error may wish to pursue a medical malpractice case. An attorney may be able to review a case and help an individual get compensation. Compensation may help to pay for medical bills and other related costs. It may also help to make up for lost wages or lost future earnings after being out of work.

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