To err is human, they say. But, what if those errors cannot be rectified? What if those errors put lives at stake?
According to CBS News, approximately 12 million adults who seek ambulatory care including diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, etc., are misdiagnosed. In most cases, this misdiagnosis either results in serious complications or loss of life. And, no error justifies a death. In fact, any carelessness towards the patient's health is violating the basic ethical code of medical practice.
One such often misdiagnosed condition that affects the survival rate of the patients' is Extra-mammary Paget Disease (EMPD). Let's learn more about this condition and what measure could be taken to ensure its correct diagnosis.
What is Extra-mammary Paget Disease (EMPD)?
Extra-mammary Paget Disease (EMPD) is a rare and slowly-growing condition that is identified by a persistent eczema-like rash of the skin. This malignancy usually occurs around the genital regions of males and females. It's the most visible site is the vulva, although perianal, scrotal, perineal, and penile skin might also be affected.