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Misdiagnosis of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver

Misdiagnosis of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver

A diagnosis of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver begins with taking a thorough health history, including symptoms, and performing a physical exam that includes an abdominal exam. A diagnosis of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver may be overlooked or delayed because in its early stages there may be no symptoms. In addition, symptoms, such as poor appetite, fatigue, weight loss, and weakness, are vague and easily attributed to less serious conditions, such as aging and stress. Some people with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver may also delay treatment because they fear a diagnosis of alcoholism....more about Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver »

Common Misdiagnoses and Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver

Chronic liver disease often undiagnosed: One study reported that 50% of patients with a chronic liver disease remain undiagnosed by their primary physician. The reasons are multifactorial. Possible conditions include chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, hemochromatosis, or other types of liver condition. See introduction to liver disease or misdiagnosis of liver disease.

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver or confirming a diagnosis of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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