Misdiagnosis of Ehrlichiosis
Misdiagnosis of Ehrlichiosis
Ehrlichiosis diagnosis may be difficult without molecular testing to identify the causative agent....more about Ehrlichiosis »
Alternative diagnoses list for Ehrlichiosis:
For a diagnosis of Ehrlichiosis,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Ehrlichiosis:
Diseases for which Ehrlichiosis may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Ehrlichiosis
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Ehrlichiosis: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Ehrlichiosis:
The types of ehrlichiosis are distinct from
several other well-described tick-transmitted diseases in the United States
with respect to age-specific incidence (Figure 14). In general, reported rates of
ehrlichiosis increase with age; most patients with disease appear to be
older adults (most often >40 years old). This pattern contrasts with
age-specific incidences of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever,
which occur most frequently in children. Age-associated host factors
may account for severity of disease; however, severe and even fatal
ehrlichial infections have occurred in otherwise healthy young adults and
children. (Source: excerpt from Ehrlichiosis: Epidemiology: DVRD)
Common Misdiagnoses and Ehrlichiosis
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.
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.
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Ehrlichiosis
or confirming a diagnosis of Ehrlichiosis,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Ehrlichiosis may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Ehrlichiosis.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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