Journal Article

Missed ischemic stroke diagnosis in the emergency department by emergency medicine and neurology services.

Arch AE; Weisman DC; Coca S; Nystrom KV; Wira CR III; Schindler JL.

This retrospective chart review study found that nearly a quarter of ischemic strokes were initially misdiagnosed in the emergency departments of an academic teaching hospital and a large community hospital. Posterior strokes with atypical symptoms were most frequently missed. Diagnostic errors are an important topic for emerging patient safety research.