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Mallick AA, Ganesan V, Kirkham FJ, et al. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2015;86:917-921.
Diagnostic error is a rapidly growing area of patient safety research, especially in light of the recent release of the National Academy of Medicine report on improving diagnosis. This study explored diagnostic delays for children with strokes and found significant delays at each step of the process, particularly following a nondiagnostic CT scan. The authors advocate for obtaining an MRI expeditiously in any suspected case of arterial ischemic stroke in a child.