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CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology:
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000433281.18146.5b
Ethical Perspectives

Disclosing a Misdiagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis: Do No Harm?

Solomon, Andrew J. MD; Klein, Eran MD, PhD

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Abstract

The difficulty of diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS) has been well documented. However, recent data also suggests that neurologists frequently encounter the clinical challenge of having to undo a misdiagnosis of MS. Undiagnosing MS has important clinical, psychosocial, and economic consequences for the patient, the treating neurologist, and the healthcare system at large. This article presents a case of misdiagnosed MS and discusses ethical challenges and obligations for the neurologist.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Academy of Neurology.

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