Misdiagnosis of Arthritis
Misdiagnosis of Arthritis
A diagnosis of arthritis may be delayed or missed because early symptoms may be mild and intermittent and develop slowly. In addition, some people do not experience symptoms in early stages of osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis can be similar to symptoms of other diseases and conditions, such as aging, excessive exercise, general malaise, influenza, or fibromyalgia....more about Arthritis »
Alternative diagnoses list for Arthritis:
For a diagnosis of Arthritis,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Arthritis:
Diseases for which Arthritis may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Arthritis
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Arthritis: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?
Causes of Arthritis may include these medical conditions:
Rare Types of Arthritis:
Arthritis: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Arthritis
Rare undiagnosed iron disorder causes various severe conditions: The rare "iron overload" disorder, hemochromatosis,
can cause a variety of symptoms and result in various severe conditions that mimic several
of the big name medical conditions.
However, since it is quite rare (about 1 in 200 to 1 in 300), it may go undiagnosed,
and indeed doctors may not even test for it.
It can damage the pancreas, causing pancreatitis, leading to diabetes-like symptoms.
It can damage the liver, leading to liver symptoms such as jaundice.
Hemochromoatis can also damage the joints, giving the appearance of arthritis.
The heart is another organ that excess iron can damage.
Fortunately, this condition has a relatively simple treatment, and these complications can
often be reversed by treatment of the iron overload causing them.
See introduction to hemochromatosis.
Rare form of juvenile arthritis undiagnosed: The disease rheumatoid arthritis (i.e. juvenile arthritis)
is fairly well known.
But there is a rare form known as Still's disease that can remain an undiagnosed
of arthritis-like symptoms.
See introduction to Still's disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps,
particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes.
However, there are also various other causes.
See causes of leg cramps or misdiagnosis of diabetes.
Psoriatic arthritis often undiagnosed cause of joint conditions: Patients with the skin condition psoriasis
can also have the related arthritis subtype called "psoriatic arthritis".
This arthritic condition tends to be overlooked, even in patients with diagnosed psoriasis.
See misdiagnosis of arthritis or psoriasis.
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Arthritis:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Arthritis:
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Arthritis
or confirming a diagnosis of Arthritis,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Arthritis may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Arthritis.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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