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Diagnostic Error and Ethical Issues; Moral Responsibility of an Oral pathologist

Pushparaja Shetty


Accurate as well as in time diagnosis is vital for the success of any treatment. A considerable diagnostic error rate in surgical pathology and Cytopathology ranges from 0.25 to 6% in published literature. Histopathology is basically determining the linguistic process of cells, interpreting shapes, sizes and architectural form of tissues within a given specific clinical setting.l setting. In the field of oral and maxillofacial pathology often encountered difficulties are in the diagnosis of dysplasia. Certain guidelines to overpower this problem and ethical issues  discussed in the earlier literature is given in this review with oral pathologist's perspective. The pathologist should strive to uphold the dignity and respect of their and maintain a reputation of honesty integrity and reliability


Diagnostic errors; diagnostic discrepancy; ethical issues

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