Why gout is commonly misdiagnosed

On Behalf of | Dec 24, 2019 | Medical Malpractice

Texas residents who have gout may have been misdiagnosed for another type of disease. This is because there are six other diseases that have symptoms similar to gout, which has been called a great imitator. Gout is a complex type of arthritis that can affect anyone. It is commonly recognized by tenderness and redness of the joints, especially at the base of the big toe, swelling, and sudden attacks of severe pain. It can come on a person without warning at any time.

However, about a quarter of gout patients suffer pain in other joints besides the big toe, such as in their elbows, wrists, knees or in all of these places. This can cause problems for doctors who mistake the disease for something else. As a of a misdiagnosis patients may not receive the proper treatment they need.

Two diseases that mimic gout are psoriatic arthritis, which causes swelling around the toes or fingers and resembles gout tophi, and rheumatoid arthritis. A rheumatologist would be able to distinguish these diseases from gout if there is an absence of high levels of uric acid in the patients’ joints, which is present in gout patients.

Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe. A further misdiagnosis for gout is pseudo gout. This disease is actually called calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease, and the difference is the type of crystals that are in a person’s joints.

Any type of misdiagnosis could lead to severe injuries, and victims are entitled to receive compensation for their losses, such as lost wages, medical costs, and, in some cases, pain and suffering. An attorney could offer valuable legal advice and assistance in filing these types of claims.