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Misdiagnosis of Chronic cough

Alternative diagnoses list for Chronic cough:

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

Rare Types of Chronic cough:

Chronic cough: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Chronic cough: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Chronic cough

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.

Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early. Some of the chronic lung diseases with diagnostic difficulties include asthma (perhaps surprisingly), COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma, smoker's cough, AIDS-related respiratory conditions (see AIDS), chronic pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases. Rare possibilities include diseases like psittacosis (bird-related lung infection). See other types of chronic lung diseases.

Chronic cough: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

Failure To Diagnose Chronic cough

Failure to diagnose Chronic cough may be associated with the following:

  • Chronic cough has many possible causes and the exact cause can be difficult to determine. Co-existing symptoms can be very important in directing the health professional towards the right diagnosis
  • Chronic cough may sometimes be ignored by the patient (and in some cases the doctor) as a harmless symptom which will resolve itself with time
  • The difficulty with diagnosing a chronic cough increases when there are several conditions contributing to the symptom
  • An undiagnosed chronic cough can cause exhaustion, poor sleep, headaches and may affect social and work environment. In some cases, excessive coughing can result in sore respiratory muscles and even broken ribs
  • When a chronic cough fails to respond to treatment, further advice should be sought as the cause may have been misdiagnosed
  • Chronic cough in children may remain undiagnosed for a long period of time if the parents fail to notice they symptom, are to busy to seek advice or simply believe it is harmless and will resolve on its own

Notes On Hidden Causes Of Chronic cough

The following may be hidden causes of Chronic cough:

  • Causes of chronic cough in children are: asthma allergic rhinitis sinusitis postnasal drip foreign body aspiration bronchitis lower respiratory tract abscess pertussis chronic infection tuberculosis mitral stenosis left ventricular failure fungal infection parasitic infection non-tuberculous mycobacteria pulmonary hypertension congestive heart failure interstitial lung disease collagen vascular disease cytotoxic drugs prior chest radiation hypersensitivity pneumonitis sarcoidosis bronchopulmonary dysplasia neoplastic disease aspiration neurological abnormality resulting in aspiration dysfunctional swallowing laryngeal abnormalities palate abnormalities enlarged tonsils enlarged adenoids gastroesophageal reflux tracheoesophageal fistula cystic fibrosis primary ciliary dyskinesia previous severe pneumonia immunodeficiency structural airway lesions habit congenital lung lesions bronchiectasis hemosiderosis clotting disorders ACE inhibitor use tobacco smoke and environmental pollution. Of these, postnasal drip syndrome, GERD and asthma are the most common causes

Notes On Wrong Diagnosis Of Chronic cough

Wrong diagnosis of Chronic cough may be associated with the following:

  • Misdiagnosis of a chronic cough can result in an ineffective treatment which can lead to a deterioration in the condition causing the cough

Other Notes On Misdiagnosis Of Chronic cough

  • A persistent cough should never be ignored it may be caused by a serious condition

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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