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Getting a second opinion for a medical diagnosis

North Carolina patients may be interested to learn that approximately 20 percent of those who seek a second opinion learn that they were originally misdiagnosed. The study, which was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, determined that about 1 in 5 of the 300 patients researchers examined learned that they were given the wrong diagnosis when they sought additional advice from other health care professionals at the Mayo Clinic.

Making a correct diagnosis can be difficult as there are about 10,000 solitary medical diagnoses available. However, there are only about 300 to 400 symptoms a patient can have. As such, complex medical issues can be very challenging to diagnose, especially if the patient is suffering from more than one condition. While improved technology can help, seeking a second opinion can also help patients ensure that they are being properly diagnosed.

It is generally recommended that patients seek a second opinion if they have been diagnosed with serious diseases like cancer. Not only can getting an opinion from another physician be beneficial in terms of a diagnosis, but it also allows patients to look at other treatment options. Patients should also seek a second opinion if the diagnosis was not clear, they are not comfortable with the treatment the physician recommended or if they are not happy with the quality of their medical care.

The failure to diagnose a potential deadly disease, such as cancer, can have a major impact on a patient's ability to seek immediate and effective treatment. If a physician failed to correctly diagnose a disease or did not provide proper treatment options, a medical malpractice attorney may help the patient seek compensation for any additional medical treatment that was needed, especially if the treatment needs to be more aggressive due to a delay in getting properly diagnosed.

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