Diabetes Misdiagnosis Places Patients at Risk of Complications


Men and women who suffer from a specific form of diabetes are very often misdiagnosed as suffering from type 2 diabetes. This places them at a serious health risk because they do not receive the treatment that they need in a timely fashion.

According to a new study which was recently published on Diabetes Care, people who suffer from type 2c diabetes are commonly misdiagnosed as suffering from type 2 diabetes.  Type 2c is a diabetic condition of the exocrine pancreas and typically results from conditions like inflammation of the pancreas, that affect insulin production.

This misdiagnosis is common because both type 2 diabetes and type 2c diabetes are very common in persons of the same age group. However, the danger is that type 2c diabetes sufferers will need insulin therapy much more quickly than those who suffer from type 2 diabetes. This delay in treatment places the person at risk of a host of complications that are typically associated with diabetes. These include kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.

The researchers based their findings on an analysis of more than 30,000 diabetes cases in the United Kingdom and found that type 2c diabetes was more common than expected. In fact, the likelihood was twice as high as type 1 diabetes. However, type 2c diabetes was misdiagnosed in more than 80% of the patients.

Type 2c diabetes patients have a risk of poor glycemic control that is 1.5 times as high as persons with type 2 diabetes. They are also 10 times more likely to require insulin compared to those who suffer from type 2 diabetes. According to the researchers, medical professionals must increase their knowledge of Type 2c diabetes in order to correctly diagnose patients who suffer from this condition immediately. This is even more critical considering the large incidence of type 2c diabetes in the population.

The researchers focused on adult patients who received a diabetes diagnosis between 2005 and 2016, and then further analyzed patients who had been diagnosed with pancreatitis. Over the study period, they found more than 31,000 new diagnoses of adult-onset diabetes. Of these, 559 suffered pancreatic disease earlier. Approximately 87% of the cases of diabetes that occurred after the person suffered pancreatic disease were diagnosed incorrectly as type 2 diabetes. An accurate diagnosis of type 2c diabetes or diabetes of the exocrine pancreas was made in just 2.7% of the cases and in 7.7% of the cases, the condition was misdiagnosed as type 1 diabetes.

Misdiagnosis places patients at serious risk of harm due to a number of factors. Patients are unable to begin the treatment that they require immediately as a result of the process. They may also be unable to take the kind of precautions that are necessary to prevent their condition from exacerbating because the wrong diagnosis has been made in their case.

If your loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a misdiagnosis, speak with an attorney at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP.