Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in Ohio January 28, 2012.

The consequences of a misdiagnosis could lead to a patient receiving the wrong treatment and the patient’s initial condition declining. If you or a loved one has received a misdiagnosis and is suffering as a result, you may be able to file a legal malpractice claim with the assistance of an Ohio medical negligence attorney.

Alzheimer’s Disease: An Over-Diagnosed Condition

One of the most commonly over-diagnosed conditions in aging adults is Alzheimer’s disease.

Alternative conditions that cause memory loss or dementia include:

  • aging;
  • hearing loss;
  • emotional problems;
  • depression;
  • fatigue;
  • brain tumors;
  • pneumonia (can cause confusion in the elderly);
  • thyroid disease;
  • Huntington’s disease; and
  • multi-infarct disease.

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is difficulty remembering new information.

As the condition progresses, symptoms include:

  • disorientation;
  • behavioral changes;
  • decreased confusion about time, place and events;
  • unfounded suspicions;
  • difficulty speaking and walking; and
  • profound memory loss.

You should speak with a medical negligence attorney in Ohio to hold accountable any parties responsible for a misdiagnosis, such as Alzheimer’s, which can be very costly to treat. Through a legal malpractice claim, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and suffering.