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Pneumonia misdiagnosed as costochondritis?

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  • Posted By: widowmom
  • April 21, 2008
  • 05:36 AM

My husband (normally very healthy) became ill this past winter. He went to a clinic after 4 days and was diagnosed with influenza b, given an inhaler and a breathing treatment and sent home. The next day he was having chest pain with each breath and went to the ER. They did an EKG and a chest x-ray with supposedly negative results. The diagnosis was costochondritis. They gave him another breathing treatment and some vicodin and sent him home. Twelve hours later he was back at the ER with chest pain and kidney pain. He was then diagnosed as having pneumonia in both lungs and was in septic shock. He died a day and a half later. Is this normal? Seems to me costochondritis was a misdiagnosis.

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  • "Seems to me costochondritis was a misdiagnosis."Seems to me too, I could be wrong but I dont think anyone actually dies of costochondritis.The doctor who decided I was misdiagnosed and saved me from lung surgery said my initial presentation with chest pain may have been costrochondritis due to my lifting paving stones. The month before I actually went to my doctor who diagnosed my with something completely different and much more serious.Thats why I pasted this on my websiteI KNOW that good doctors go astray when they leave their area of expertise to offer opinion when they have not studied the literature, selectively ignore information or when they let their politics, beliefs or prejudices interfere with the objectivity of their science. Some doctors make mistakes, some are wilful, some are reckless, some are arrogant. I feel you should push the doctors demand hubbys medical records and take them to a specialist for review.PS: This is a good and easy to understand page about costrochronditishttp://www.emedicine.com/EMERG/topic116.htm
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