Which factors may lead to a delay in the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley W Lash, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Answer

Because Hodgkin lymphoma is considered a curable malignancy and the differential diagnosis is broad, medicolegal problems may arise from failure to diagnose the disease in a timely manner, possibly due to the following factors:

  • The misinterpretation of B symptoms

  • A lack of follow-up for abnormal chest radiographs or physical examination findings

  • A missed pathologic diagnosis because a needle biopsy was obtained rather than an excisional lymph node biopsy


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