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7000 rare diseases

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Only 5% have treatments

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80% are genetically based

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1. First Symptoms
2. The Misdiagnosis Reality
3. Common Symptoms
4. Limited knowledge
5. Seeking answers online
6. Referrals and repeat visits
7. Misdiagnosis
8. Symptoms
9. Symptoms grouped
10. Confirming diagnosis
11. Time
The End
THE START OF THE JOURNEY TO DIAGNOSIS FOR RARE DISEASES

1. First Symptoms

First symptoms may seem minor, which can delay the patient or family from responding quickly to them.

 

 

 

2. The Misdiagnosis Reality

 

New and different symptoms will often develop and occur more frequently, but they may seem unrelated.

 

 

 

3. Common Symptoms

Relatively common symptoms can hide underlying rare diseases, leading to misdiagnosis.

 

 

 

4. Limited knowledge

Due to the rareness of these diseases there is often limited public, patient/family and physician knowledge of the signs and symptoms of a rare disease.

5. Seeking answers online

A growing trend is to self-diagnose and seek possible answers online as differing and persistent symptoms lead to unanswered questions.

6. Referrals and repeat visits

These become very disheartening for the patient/family in their quest for a correct diagnosis

7. Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis is extremely common and may mean multiple doctor/hospital visits, unnecessary tests, surgeries and treatments. Each new diagnosis brings hope….

…..followed by the feeling that nothing is working.

8. Symptoms

Physicians may prescribe for the one specific symptom they are treating, rather than look at other symptoms the patient is experiencing, delaying diagnosis.

9. Symptoms grouped

Symptoms of rare diseases appear common when seen alone but rare when grouped together. This is the shift in pathway to a potential diagnosis.

At this stage it is either this physician or an expert referred on to that makes the final diagnosis.

10. Confirming diagnosis

Diagnostic and/or genetic testing is typically performed to obtain an accurate diagnosis and confirm the presence of a rare disease.

Since the majority of rare diseases are genetic, it is also important to establish a family history.

11. Time

It takes an average of 4.8 years to an accurate diagnosis – the first step to improving the care for those living with a rare disease, and their families.

The End

Reaching the end of the diagnosis journey can bring relief for patients and their families and help them feel more in control of their lives.

THE START OF THE JOURNEY TO DIAGNOSIS FOR RARE DISEASES

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