The failure of doctors to diagnose the ailments of Florida patients often contributes to conditions worsening, irreparable harm and even death. Missing a diagnosis completely or a delay in diagnosis are common among instances of misdiagnosis. Malpractice lawsuits could result from these incidents of a failure to diagnose, sometimes due to conditions like hypertension that are frequently missed and at other times due to potentially devastating health issues like lung cancer.
Heart attacks and appendicitis are among the most damaging conditions to be missed, along with cancer of the breast, lung and colon. However, medical professionals do not often fail to diagnose those conditions as often as a toxoplasmosis infection. An estimated one of four people with the condition have not been diagnosed, and most people with this condition do not show symptoms. One in six people with sleep disorders have not been diagnosed either. As many as one in 10 people with otosclerosis do not know it. One in 15 people with osteoporosis are undiagnosed and as many as one in 18 with hypertension, chronic lower respiratory diseases and COPD have also not received diagnoses.