For some New York residents, getting diagnosed with a rare disease, like a mitochondrial disease, can be extremely difficult. In some cases, patients may see multiple doctors and undergo a variety of different tests before being diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease.

Read more: Patients with mitochondrial diseases often misdiagnosed

For patients in New York, the idea that a doctor may fail to diagnose a serious disease like cancer is deeply disturbing. The potential for misdiagnosis escalates when the disorder in question is rare, such as appendix cancer. While colorectal cancer is a relatively common form of cancer, the growth of a cancerous tumor in the appendix is a much less frequent occurrence.

Read more: Appendix cancer can be rare and deadly

New York residents who have diabetes were probably diagnosed with the disease categorized as either Type I or Type II. The classification of diabetes into these two groups is based on various factors, but now researchers say that the disease is too complex to be split into just two groups. According to a study that was published online on March 1, there should be five types of diabetes recognized.

Read more: Researchers say diabetes should be split into five types

Potentially one-third of patients admitted to hospitals in New York for cellulitis have been misdiagnosed. Instead of cellulitis, they could have pseudocellulitis, a condition that resembles the bacterial skin infection but inflames the skin for other reasons. People misdiagnosed with cellulitis could receive unnecessary antibiotic therapy.

Read more: Costly hospitalization for misdiagnosed cellulitis commonplace

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