Complication from Diagnostic Errors
Many complications can ensue from a diagnostic error, including:
- Blood clots
- Heart attack
Patients can incur much more costly medical treatment and require longer recovery times when a doctor delays a correct diagnosis or makes an inaccurate one.
Someone with cancer, for example, might have seen their cancer spread much farther than it would have had a doctor correctly diagnosed the cancer in a timely manner. As a result, the cancer patient might need surgery and difficult chemotherapy. Their chances of survival could also fall dramatically given the spread of the disease.