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Citrano Medical Laboratories, Inc. (CML) is clinical lab headquartered in Baltimore with locations in Towson, Parkville, Nottingham, and Catonsville, MD. Citrano, a subsidiary of CD Diagnostics, Inc., is CLIA certified to perform the lab tests involving:

  • Bacteriology
  • Endocrinology
  • General Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Parasitology
  • Routine Chemistry
  • Syphilis Serology
  • Toxicology
  • Urinalysis

While most lab tests are performed safely and accurately, quality issues such as the mislabeling or improper storage of samples can result in improper dosages, false negatives, and other devastating medical consequences for patients. If you or someone you love was hurt because of a diagnostic or testing error by Citrano Medical Laboratories in Maryland, you may be able to recover compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses related to your injury or illness. The clinical malpractice attorneys of Whitney, LLP can help. To start exploring your legal options in a free and private case evaluation, call our law offices at (410) 583-8000.

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What Are Some Common Mistakes and Errors in Clinical Laboratories?

According to a 2012 study published in Clinical Biochemist Reviews, more than two thirds of all lab errors occur during what’s called the “pre-analytical” phase of the process. This phase encompasses everything that occurs prior to any actual testing: namely the shipping, identification, and organization of samples. Common errors during the pre-analytical phase include:

  • Adding the wrong amount of anti-coagulant to blood samples, which leads the samples to clot and become unusable.
  • Failing to provide information with samples.
  • Failing to send requested samples and documents.
  • Shipping and storing samples in inappropriate environments or containers.

While the risk of error is greatly diminished once the process reaches the “analytical phase,” which is when samples are actually tested, a risk of inaccuracy and human error still persists. Common lab test mistakes include:

  • Failing to follow up with patients after results come in.
  • Failing to promptly notify doctors of test results.
  • Failing to properly calibrate sensitive machines.
  • Failing to sterilize equipment.
  • Misinterpreting lab results.
  • Mixing up two or more patients’ test results.

Regardless of how or why the lab error occurs, the end result is the same for the patient: financial, emotional, and physical harm. The patient may be diagnosed with a condition he or she doesn’t actually have, which is called a “false positive,” or receive a negative diagnosis, even though he or she does have the condition being tested for, which is called a “false negative.” A false positive victim endures intense psychological distress and financial hardship while taking powerful and potentially toxic medications they do not actually need, while a false negative victim misses critical opportunities to receive important or even life-saving medical care based on an incorrect perception of good health.

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Which Medical Conditions Are Frequently Misdiagnosed?

Some examples of serious conditions which are prone to misdiagnosis errors include:

  • Cancer – According to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, cancer may be misdiagnosed as often as 44% of the time. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed forms of cancer are:
    • Breast cancer, which can be confused with fibrocystic breast disease or mastitis.
      Colorectal cancer, which can be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or ulcerative colitis.
    • Lung cancer, which can be confused with pneumonia or other respiratory conditions.
  • Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed with a blood test known as FM/a. However, because its symptoms are so broad, it is frequently confused for conditions ranging from arthritis to depression to lupus.
  • HIV/AIDS – Fourth generation HIV lab tests test for HIV antibodies and p24 antigens. The National AIDS Trust (NAT) points out that while fourth generation tests are highly accurate, false positives are still possible. NAT also notes that “because they are relatively new, there is some doubt as to the exact sensitivity of fourth generation [test] in detecting the p24 antigen. More research is needed on the consistency and sensitivity of 4th generation [tests].”
  • Lyme Disease – A September 2013 CNN report described Lyme disease testing as “notoriously unreliable,” while the Lyme Research Alliance notes that “Lyme disease blood testing is fraught with problems and, at best, should only be an adjunct to the clinical diagnosis of the disease.” This problem is exacerbated by the fact that Lyme disease doesn’t always leave the telltale bullseye rash, as well as the tendency of its symptoms to mimic joint pain or the flu.

If you or someone you love was injured by a laboratory misdiagnosis error or other lab test mistakes, you may be entitled to compensation to help make up your expenses while keeping you and your family a little more comfortable as you go through this difficult time. You don’t have to go through it alone. Call the experienced medical misdiagnosis attorneys of Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to set up a free and completely confidential legal consultation today.

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