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Misdiagnosis of Chickenpox

Misdiagnosis of Chickenpox

A diagnosis of the chickenpox is generally made from information obtained by taking a thorough health history, including symptoms and vaccination history, and performing a physical exam. Misdiagnosing chickenpox is possible because some symptoms can be vague and similar to symptoms of other diseases, such as upper respiratory infection and influenza. Chickenpox can also be confused with other infectious diseases that cause a rash, such as measles, roseola, and German measles.

In addition, a diagnosis of chickenpox may be delayed or overlooked because people who have undergone chickenpox vaccination may believe that they will not get chickenpox. However, it is possible that a person who has had chickenpox vaccination may still get chickenpox, but the disease is generally far milder and the duration is shorter....more about Chickenpox »

Alternative diagnoses list for Chickenpox:

For a diagnosis of Chickenpox, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Chickenpox:

Diseases for which Chickenpox may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Chickenpox is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Chickenpox: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Chickenpox: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Chickenpox

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. Although the most common symptoms are anal itch (or vaginal itch), which are obvious in severe cases, milder conditions may fail to be noticed in children. In particular, it may interfere with the child's good night's sleep. Threadworm is a condition to consider in children with symptoms such as bedwetting (enuresis), difficulty sleeping, irritability, or other sleeping symptoms. Visual inspection of the region can often see the threadworms, at night when they are active, but they can also be missed this way, and multiple inspections can be warranted if worms are suspected. See the introduction to threadworm.

Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a common cold.

Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears off after about 15 years. Thus, any teen or adult with a persistent cough may actually have whooping cough. This is particularly dangerous for babies too young to be vaccinated, and any un-vaccinated children. Whooping cough can be fatal to an infant. The cough symptoms of whooping cough is usually productive initially, but then becomes a persistent dry cough, lasting up to 100 days. Elderly grandparents may also be a reservoir of undiagnosed whooping cough.

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with fatal effect). One of the most common misdiagnosed is for children with mesenteric adenitis to be misdiagnosed as appendicitis. Fortunately, thus misdiagnosis is usually less serious than the reverse failure to diagnose appendicitis.

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm to measure blood pressure can simply be too small to accurately test a child's blood pressure. This can lead to an incorrect diagnosis of a child with hypertension. The problem even has a name unofficially: "small cuff syndrome". See misdiagnosis of hypertension.

Psoriasis often undiagnosed cause of skin symptoms in children: Children who suffer from the skin disorder called psoriasis can often go undiagnosed. The main problem is that psoriasis is rare in children, and not often seen by physicians for this reason. children may receive treatment for fungal skin infections. See misdiagnosis of psoriasis or symptoms of psoriasis.

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur in children. See misdiagnosis of migraine or introduction to migraine.

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Chickenpox:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Chickenpox:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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

 

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