Friday, January 4, 2008

Neuropath@Nite Rule #2

In October of 2007, I attended a seminar at the Annual CAP meeting entitled 'Neuropath at Nite - Staying Cool in the Frozen Room'. The session was conducted by Drs. Mark Cohen of Case Western and Joe Parisi of the Mayo Clinic. I was just reviewing the handout and noted the second rule of staying cool in the frozen room (as conceived by Dr. Cohen): "When misdiagnosing a lesion, always strive to do the least amount of harm!" The application of this rule is explained as follows: " 'Tis better that a patient with a malignant glioma receives a few doses of antibiotics than a patient with a brain abscess be left untreated." Wise and worthy words......

1 comment:

JD said...

Absolutely! It's better to call a GBM a meningioma than the reverse, as far as mistakes go.