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Misdiagnosis of Botulism

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Botulism:

Other diseases such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, stroke, and myasthenia gravis can appear similar to botulism, and special tests may be needed to exclude these other conditions. These tests may include a brain scan, spinal fluid examination, nerve conduction test (electromyography, or EMG), and a tensilon test for myasthenia gravis. (Source: excerpt from Botulism General: DBMD)

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About misdiagnosis:

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

 

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