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Misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's is a common cause of mobility problems for New Jersey seniors. Trembling is one of the first signs that many people notice. However, it is important to be aware that trembling can also be a sign of some other type of condition. Getting the correct diagnosis is vital for getting the proper type of treatment.

One condition that mimics Parkinson's is called essential tremor. This condition causes shaking that may affect the hands, but it can also affect a person's head, neck, larynx and other areas. The condition is distinguishable from Parkinson's because it occurs most often while a person is moving affected areas. Parkinson's may occur while a person is at rest.

Some symptoms of Parkinson's may also be drug-induced. These signs can include slow movement and changes in speech. However, such symptoms may go away after a medication adjustment.

Parkinson's is misdiagnosed up to 30 percent of the time because of its similarity to other conditions. A neurologist is the right type of specialist for patients to see for a suspected Parkinson's diagnosis.

Misdiagnosis is a common type of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, an incorrect diagnosis can be a dangerous medical error when it results in giving a patient the wrong treatment. Furthermore, a failure to treat the right condition often results in worsened symptoms. Patients who receive the wrong medication for a condition that they do not have may experience unnecessary, unpleasant side effects.

An attorney with experience handling medical malpractice cases may be able to help a client who has been misdiagnosed. A good step to take after a suspected misdiagnosis is to seek a second opinion from another medical professional. An attorney may be able to help a client file a lawsuit against the medical professional who misdiagnosed them after examining medical records and other evidence.

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