Table 3.

Top 20 Misdiagnosed Conditions (1985 to 2008)

ConditionClosed Claims (n)Paid Claims (n)Paid to Closed (%)Average Indemnity ($)
Myocardial infarction, acute35117850.7206,156
Malignant neoplasms of the female breast31113643.7195,857
Malignant neoplasms of the bronchus and lung2579436.6127,260
Malignant neoplasms of the colon and rectal region24811245.2188,197
Symptoms involving abdomen and pelvis1975427.4285,306
Chest pain, not further defined1386144.2342,335
Coronary atherosclerosis995151.5165,758
Pulmonary embolism944952.1284,176
Aortic aneurysm924245.7171,071
Wrist bones, fracture of833643.452,808
Disorders of soft tissue792835.4193,952
Disorder of joint, not including arthritis762127.6173,202
Fracture of vertebral column763039.5177,401
Back disorders, including lumbago and sciatica742229.7389,545
Malignant neoplasms of the prostate722838.9209,030
Endocarditis, acute693652.2286,871