Endocarditis is sometimes misdiagnosed as Pseudoaneurysm

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Pseudoaneurysm, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Endocarditis.

Endocarditis is an infection of the inner tissue lining of your heart which is caused by an infection. Symptoms of endocarditis include chest pain when breathing, fatigue, fever, shortness of breath. Due to how vague these symptoms are it can be mistaken for many respiratory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, or generalised infections and makes early diagnosis of endocarditis is difficult. Without early treatment of endocarditis with antibiotics the condition will certainly lead to death.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Fatigue, flu-like symptoms, fever and chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, pain in joints and muscles, chest pain when breathing, swelling in feet, swelling in legs or abdomen, new or changed heart murmur

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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