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Respiratory patients may also suffer from asthma

Ohio residents who are diagnosed with respiratory conditions may also be prone to asthma problems. A recent survey conducted by researchers in Italy included information from more than 2,000 patients, noting that approximately 33 percent of participants not treated for asthma might actually be affected by this condition in addition to their other issues. Those selected for the study were adults, and all had been treated with prescriptions for at least three different corticosteroids in the preceding year.

Nearly half of the study's participants had an official asthma diagnosis. Of the remaining participants, approximately one-third were deemed to be likely to suffer from asthma based on their responses. The diagnoses of these patients included issues such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. Those conducting the study noted that there was a significant need for improvement in the diagnosis of asthma, especially with regard to the work-up and treatment of individuals with respiratory symptoms.

Issues such as misdiagnosis and medication errors can be quite serious for respiratory patients, especially during times of heavy seasonal illnesses that include respiratory symptoms. Although a diagnosis might seem clear, failure to thoroughly evaluate symptoms could lead to a patient worsening without receiving the proper medications needed. In addition to possibly missing asthma symptoms, for example, a provider might fail to diagnose pneumonia by only using a stethoscope to evaluate lung condition. If other symptoms include high fever and a harsh cough, it may be wise to use X-rays to ensure that a more serious condition does not exist.

An individual whose medical condition is missed by a doctor may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit if harm has resulted and if negligence is apparent. Failing to act on suspicions of a disease when signs are clear, for example, could cause a person's health to deteriorate or could even result in death. Those who are in this situation may want to discuss their alternatives with a medical malpractice attorney.

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