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A second opinion will mean a new diagnosis 88% of the time, study says

Posted: 6:35 AM, Apr 11, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-11 06:35:17-04
A second opinion will mean a new diagnosis 88% of the time, study says

If you get a troubling diagnosis, consider getting a second opinion.

A new study by the Mayo Clinic found that a second opinion will only agree with an initial diagnosis 12 percent of the time. That means 88 percent of the time, a second opinion led to a new diagnosis.

Of the changed diagnoses, 21 percent resulted in a completely new diagnosis. In 66 percent of cases, the diagnosis was "refined or redefined," according to the Mayo Clinic .

"This second opinion could lead to quicker access to lifesaving treatment or stopping unnecessary treatments," the   Mayo Clinic's website reads. "And a second opinion may reduce stress in a patient’s extended family, when they learn the new diagnosis does not carry dire genetic implications."

You can read more about the study here .