If you are like many Rhode Island residents, you are concerned about the dangers of medical errors today. When you go to the doctor, you want to be able to trust completely that you are given accurate information and receiving the best care. Sadly, this is not always the case. Sometimes problems result from diagnosis issues. This may include you being given a diagnosis which is not accurate. It may also include you being given no diagnosis at all when you do, in fact, have a serious problem. This can even happen with a stroke.
Many people may think that a stroke is always easy to identify by individuals and providers but that is not necessarily the case. As described by WebMD, sometimes a stroke can be considered a silent event. Essentially, this means that the actual event of a stroke is mild enough that it is not even detected by the person who has the stroke. In addition, the silent stroke term could also be used to describe a stroke that is not remembered by the person who has the stroke. If a stroke occurs when the person is alone, this can be a problem.
Even a mild or silent stroke can result in damage to the brain due to the blood flow to the brain being cut off. Symptoms may include cognitive difficulties or memory problems. Proper diagnosis is important in order to facilitate appropriate treatment. A brain scan can show damage for even mild symptoms.
If you would like to learn more about what you should do if you believe you or a loved one has experienced the misdiagnosis of a stroke, please visit the incorrect diagnosis page of our Rhode Island medical malpractice website.