delay in diagnosis

delay in diagnosis

Malpractice A cause of action in which a plaintiff sues a physician because of alleged failure to diagnose a condition early enough to effect a cure or achieve maximum survival. See Lost opportunity doctrine.
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Three participants, all women with somewhat ambiguous seizure symptoms (complex partial seizures), expressed that their own actions caused the delay in diagnosis.
The lack of diagnosis or delay in diagnosis can increase the number of persons potentially exposed to rabies virus infection by contact with the patient or even by organ transplantations (8).
Delay in diagnosis of gastric cancer: A prospective study evaluating doctors' and patients' delay and its influence on five year survival.
Symptoms (unilateral refractory otitis media, serosanguineous discharge, otalgia, hearing loss, and neurologic symptoms) are generally nonspecific, which can lead to a delay in diagnosis.
3% of predicted), suggesting that a delay in diagnosis of pulmonary sarcoidosis allows for some progression of disease.
Scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute discovered that one in eleven women with breast cancer experiences a delay in diagnosis.
Patients who presented without chest pain were four- to fivefold more likely to have a greater than 24-hour delay in diagnosis of their MI, said Dr.
1) Any delay in diagnosis has the potential to make a hazardous situation even more serious.
Two of our patients died, which may reflect the fact that the clinical symptoms of TB can be difficult to distinguish from those of uremia, causing delay in diagnosis, although dialysis-dependent renal failure has been shown to be a potent contributor to death (8).
This certainty underscores the importance of having a high index of suspicion when faced with a patient who might have an aortobronchial fistula and the importance of minimizing any delay in diagnosis.
The two index patients who did not have a delay in diagnosis were prompted by widespread media reports to seek both Internet information on Cyclospora and medical attention.
To avoid any delay in diagnosis, it is advisable to examine any child with a suspected malignancy by direct laryngoscopy (rigid or flexible) under general anesthesia and to obtain a biopsy analysis of any suspicious lesion.