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Misdiagnosis of Type 3c diabetes may be cause for concern

Any time a Maryland doctor misdiagnoses a disease, there is a risk for severe medical complications. The misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose diabetes is fairly common, particularly among patients whose diabetes is a consequence of pancreatic dysfunction. A recent diabetes study found that patients with diabetes of the exocrine pancreas, or type 3c, are often misdiagnosed as having type 2 diabetes.

Type 3c diabetes occurs when there is pancreatic inflammation, or part of the pancreas is removed, causing it to stop producing insulin. People with 3c diabetes are more likely to have poor glycemic control and therefore may require insulin therapy more immediately than other diabetics, so a failure to diagnose type 3c diabetes in a timely fashion can cause significant health problems, including kidney damage, as well as eye and nerve damage.

The study of 30,000 cases, conducted in the U.K., revealed that more than 87 percent of patients with type 3c diabetes were misdiagnosed as having type 2. Type 3c diabetes seems to be twice as common as Type 1. Many type 3c diagnoses appear after the patent has acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatic disease.

Misdiagnosing a medical condition can have catastrophic consequences for patients and their families. In addition to enduring additional physical injury, patients may have to undergo additional costly medical treatments that they would not have needed had the doctor diagnosed them appropriately. Filing a claim against the medical professionals responsible for your misdiagnosis may be the best way for you to pay your medical bills and recover damages for your pain and suffering.

Source: Medscape, "Type 3c Diabetes Misdiagnosed; Patients at Risk of Complications," Liam Davenport, Oct. 31, 2017

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