A recent study found that nearly 90 percent of medical patients who come to the Mayo Clinic for a 'second opinion' get a completely new diagnosis.

Eighty-eight percent of people who visit the renowned Minnesota clinic for a second opinion on a health issue end up leaving with a different diagnosis than they came in with.


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Out of 286 Mayo Clinic patients studied, only 12 percent had their primary care doctor's diagnosis confirmed by the staff. The rest either received a new diagnosis or a "refined" version of their original.

The clinic said the study proved that patients have a better chance of both receiving life-saving treatments or preventing unnecessary surgeries by asking another physician about their health.

Additionally, the clinic said that in some cases, a second opinion can save families from fears about an illness diagnosis that would otherwise carry genetic implications down the line.

Watch the report above.