Misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning
Alternative diagnoses list for Botulism food poisoning:
For a diagnosis of Botulism food poisoning,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Botulism food poisoning:
Diseases for which Botulism food poisoning may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Botulism food poisoning
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning:
FDA Bad Bug Book (Excerpt)
Some cases of botulism may go undiagnosed because symptoms are transient or mild, or misdiagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome.
(Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)
Botulism General: DBMD (Excerpt)
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)
Common Misdiagnoses and Botulism food poisoning
Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely
to cause some level of diarrhea in patients.
The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria,
but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the gut.
This leads to "digestive imbalance" where there are too few remaining "good"
bacteria in the digestive system.
The treatment is typically to use "probiotics", such as by eating yoghurt cultures
containing more of the good bacteria.
See digestive imbalance and probiotics.
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning
or confirming a diagnosis of Botulism food poisoning,
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 food poisoning may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.