A second opinion is an evaluation by a doctor after a person has already been examined, diagnosed, or treated by another doctor.
A second opinion is not done to prove or disprove a doctor's recommendation. Rather, the purpose of getting a second opinion is to explore options, especially if a person is having difficulty choosing a treatment or if a diagnosis is unclear.
Primary Medical ReviewerCatherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health
Specialist Medical ReviewerBrian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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