7 Nov 2014
When in doubt, cut it out - treating malignant melanomas
It notes that clinicians should remain aware of the existence of higher-risk, easily misdiagnosed melanomas with a high mortality rate. Therefore, they should aim to identify these at the earliest opportunity.
The study looks at a recent Supreme Court of New South Wales case where a misdiagnosis of melanoma occurred, but there was failure to establish causation of the patient’s poor prognosis. According to the article, aggressive melanomas may grow quickly, fail to conform to standard and commonly taught diagnostic criteria, and frequently escape early detection.
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