Symptoms that can lead to a thyroid misdiagnosis

On Behalf of | May 8, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

The thyroid, a gland in the lower part of the neck, releases certain hormones that regulate metabolism. Too much or too little of these hormones can lead to hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, respectively. What Texas residents should be aware of is that the two conditions share several symptoms, raising the chances of a misdiagnosis.

One such symptom is an enlarged thyroid, which is actually caused more by hypothyroidism (lack of thyroid hormones) than hyperthyroidism because. This is largely because of estrogen dominance in those with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid patients may also experience dry, scaly skin, or they may have the moist, smooth skin associated with hyperthyroid patients.

Then there is the trouble that both hyperthyroid and hyperthyroid patients have with sleeping. With hypothyroidism, the body overcompensates for the lack of thyroid hormones by producing an excess of adrenaline, which can keep one up at night. This leads to an elevated heart rate: a symptom that indicates hyperthyroidism, too. Along with high blood pressure, it should not be a factor in a diagnosis.

An excess of triiodothyronine can make patients susceptible to anxiety, but this goes for hypothyroid patients when, as mentioned above, they produce too much adrenaline. From this, one can easily see that weight loss involving the activation of the body’s stress response can occur in both types of patients.

Misdiagnoses can lead to patients getting the wrong treatment while their true condition continues to worsen and do irreparable harm. Under medical malpractice law, diagnostic errors committed out of negligence can form the basis for a claim. Victims may want a lawyer to assess their case and determine how much they might be eligible for. A successful claim could cover past and future medical expenses, lost wages and both physical and emotional suffering. The lawyer may negotiate for the settlement.