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Is my MODY misdiagnosed as type 1 diabetes?

Posted on January 29, 2015 4:28 pm under Medical Malpractice

Maturity-onset diabetes of the young, also known as MODY, is a type of diabetes that shares almost the same signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. But no matter how similar their manifestations are, MODY is a monogenic type of diabetes, which means it has resulted from of one of many possible gene mutations. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, are caused by one or more gene mutations combined with environmental and lifestyle factors.

Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, occurs when the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Infants and young patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are more likely suffering from MODY if:

  • The type 1 diagnosis has been made prior to 6 months of age
  • Islet auto-antibodies in the pancreas are not present during diagnosis
  • There is an indication that the body generates insulin three years beyond diagnosis
  • Family history of diabetes where one parent is affected

Being wrongly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes may negatively affect MODY treatment and care, and might possibly lead to health complications. Speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® if you have been a victim of misdiagnosis in Wisconsin. Call us at (414) 271-0900 to know the possibility of filing a legal claim.