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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 946327, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/946327
Case Report

Mis- or Missed Diagnosis: A Series of Four Cases

1Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Government Dental College, 695011 Thiruvananthapuram, India
2Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, St. Gregorious College of Dental Sciences, Kottayam, India

Received 30 March 2012; Accepted 23 May 2012

Academic Editors: P. G. Arduino, N. Brezniak, C. A. Evans, and W. Nittayananta

Copyright © 2012 Sheela Sreedharan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Diagnosis forms the backbone of treatment planning. Accurate diagnosis is essential to initiate the appropriate treatment at the apt time. Diagnosis involves eliciting the signs and symptoms of the patient and their accurate interpretations. The subtle signs that can go unnoticed lead to misdiagnosis and subsequent agony to the patient. Alertness on part of the clinician is important to avoid this error. Reported in this paper are four cases that were wrongly diagnosed either due to lack of clinical experience or due to omission of careful clinical, radiographic, and histopathological examinations.