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Communication Failures between Patient and Physician result in Lymphoma Treatment Delay

February 27, 2015



A young adult male presented to an otolaryngologist with complaints of a neck mass. A lymph node biopsy performed eight months later, was diagnostic for Hodgkin’s’ lymphoma. The otolaryngologist never communicated the pathology results to the patient, or the urgency for follow-up, and the patient did not return to him. Ten months later, the patient had a lengthy and complicated …

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