Pitfalls in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma: findings of a risk management panel study.

@article{Troxel2003PitfallsIT,
  title={Pitfalls in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma: findings of a risk management panel study.},
  author={David B. Troxel},
  journal={The American journal of surgical pathology},
  year={2003},
  volume={27 9},
  pages={1278-83}
}
  • David B. Troxel
  • Published 2003 in The American journal of surgical pathology
The misdiagnosis of melanoma is a major cause of malpractice claims involving pathologists and dermatologists. A detailed analysis of individual surgical pathology and cytology claims (excluding Pap smears) reported to The Doctors Company from 1995 through 2001 revealed that 46 of 362 claims (13%) involved the misdiagnosis of melanoma; 70% of these claims were for false-negative diagnoses. Melanoma claims were second only to claims involving breast biopsy. A Melanoma Risk Management Panel of… CONTINUE READING

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