COVID Blindness: Delayed Diagnosis of Aseptic Meningitis in the COVID-19 Era

  • Taku Harada Division of General Medicine, Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, Toyosu Koto-ku, Japan; Division of Diagnostic and Generalist Medicine, Dokkyo Medical University Hospital, Mibu-cho, Japan
  • Takashi Watari Postgraduate Clinical Training Centre, Shimane University Hospital, Enya-cho, Japan
  • Taiju Miyagami Department of General Medicine, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine, Bunkyo-ku, Japan
  • Satoshi Watanuki Division of Emergency and General Medicine, Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center, Fuchu-shi, Japan
  • Taro Shimizu Division of Diagnostic and Generalist Medicine, Dokkyo Medical University Hospital, Mibu-cho, Japan
  • Juichi Hiroshige Division of General Medicine, Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, Toyosu Koto-ku, Japan

Keywords

COVID-19, COVID blindness, diagnostic error

Abstract

Diagnostic errors are a serious problem in healthcare. The diagnostic process is highly susceptible to cognitive bias and the current COVID-19 pandemic may cause normally accurate healthcare workers to make incorrect decisions. We report a case of aseptic meningitis that required five healthcare visits before it was correctly diagnosed. This case highlights the risk of anchoring bias and the importance of carefully assessing diagnostic processes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Published: 2020-10-23

Issue: Vol 7 No 11 (view)

Section: Articles

How to cite:
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Harada T, Watari T, Miyagami T, Watanuki S, Shimizu T, Hiroshige J. COVID Blindness: Delayed Diagnosis of Aseptic Meningitis in the COVID-19 Era. EJCRIM 2020;7 doi:10.12890/2020_001940.