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John Q. Young, MD, MPP; July 2011
A healthy elderly man presented to his primary care doctor—a third-year internal medicine resident—for routine examination. A PSA test was markedly elevated, but the results came back after the resident had graduated, and the alert went unread. Months later, the patient presented with new onset low back pain and was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
Olsen D. State Journal-Register. June 26, 2011.
This newspaper article discusses a case of diagnostic error, explores the complexity of the diagnostic process, and provides tips to help patients avoid such errors.