Why are pulmonary embolisms commonly misdiagnosed?

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
August 4, 2023

A pulmonary embolism is a significant medical event. It occurs when a blood clot forms in the body and becomes stuck in the pulmonary artery that supplies the lungs with blood from the heart. The deprivation of blood to the lungs can be fatal and it is an unfortunate truth that this serious condition is often misdiagnosed in Texas residents and others throughout the world.

There are several factors that can contribute to pulmonary embolism misdiagnoses. One of those factors relates to the symptoms that individuals present in the week that their problem is ultimately identified. Patients who do not exhibit strong symptoms of pulmonary embolism are not always recognized as having the condition.

Additionally, an assessment called the “Geneva risk calculation” is often used to determine if a patient is suffering from pulmonary embolism. If doctors rely on the results of this calculation without further investigation, they can and do miss the diagnoses of life-threatening pulmonary embolisms in their patients.

Other factors may influence the outcome of a patient’s medical assessment for pulmonary embolism. This often misdiagnosed condition should be treated with medical care and patients may advocate for their medical needs when they fear that they have not been given the right diagnoses.

When doctors fail to diagnose pulmonary embolisms their patients can suffer serious complications and may even lose their lives due to medical negligence. The recovery from such a serious medical mistake can be emotionally, physically and financially costly. A lawsuit based on medical malpractice may offer help to individuals who have been harmed by their doctors’ failures to properly diagnose their medical needs.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

August 4 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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