Prior diagnoses influence dermatopathologists’ interpretations

Prior diagnoses swayed dermatopathologists from correct diagnosis to incorrect diagnosis in the interpretation of melanocytic lesions
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When interpreting melanocytic skin biopsy specimens, knowledge of a prior diagnosis sways dermatopathologists to make more and less severe diagnoses and can also sway them from a correct to an incorrect diagnosis, according to a study published online 10 August in JAMA Dermatology.

Joann G Elmore, MD, from the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues measured the extent to which dermatopathologists’ diagnoses are influenced by prior diagnostic information from another dermatopathologist.