Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) is a type of diabetes oftentimes mistaken as type 1 diabetes in younger patients and type 2 diabetes in older patients. Unlike type 1 and type 2 diabetes which are polygenic (the disease is caused by multiple genes combined with environmental factors), MODY is considered monogenic, which means the disease is a result of a mutation of a single gene in a diabetic patient.
Apart from genetic testing, MODY can be accurately diagnosed by carefully examining certain indicators that may suggest a diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes might be incorrect. However, some health professionals choose the path of negligence by not probing deeper into the possibility of a MODY diagnosis. Unfortunately, MODY misdiagnosis means the patient may receive treatments that are not appropriate for his or her condition. Insulin injections, for instance, are usually not needed by most patients with MODY.
If a negligent medical practitioner has caused you to suffer from a delayed or missed diagnosis in Milwaukee, speak with a medical malpractice attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn about the possibility of filing a legal complaint. Call us at (414) 271-0900 for a free case assessment today.