Misdiagnosis of Endometriosis
Misdiagnosis of Endometriosis
Symptoms of endometriosis can be similar to and confused with symptoms of other conditions, such as uterine cancer, cervical polyps, irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, and ovarian cysts. Some of these conditions can be very serious, even fatal, if left untreated. In addition, untreated endometriosis can also lead to serious complications, such as infertility.
Because of these factors, it is vital that women with symptoms of endometriosis take seek medical care and a definitive diagnosis from a gynecologist, who is a specialist in women's reproductive health....more about Endometriosis »
Endometriosis often remains undiagnosed due to its lack of symptoms or the
vagueness of its symptoms.
It is also misdiagnosed as various other causes of similar types of menstrual
or digestive symptoms.
Some possible misdiagnoses include IBS, PID, and cystitis....more about Endometriosis »
Alternative diagnoses list for Endometriosis:
For a diagnosis of Endometriosis,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Endometriosis:
Diseases for which Endometriosis may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Endometriosis
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Endometriosis misdiagnosed as another condition:
Sometimes a physician may misdiagnose Endometriosis
incorrectly as another condition when the correct
diagnosis is Endometriosis.
The following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as conditions that may be a misdiagnosis of Endometriosis.
Endometriosis: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Endometriosis: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Endometriosis
Unnecessary hysterectomies due to undiagnosed bleeding disorder in women: The bleeding disorder
called Von Willebrand's disease is quite common in women, but often fails to be correctly diagnosed.
Women with the condition tend to have heavy periods, since they actually have a bleeding disorder.
Severe afflictions may result in the women receiving a hysterectomy unnecessarily, when the
underlying cause has not been identified.
See the introduction to Von Willebrand's disease and bleeding disorder.
Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease
is often over-diagnosed.
Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's,
whereas there are many other less severe possibilities.
Some level of memory decline is normal with aging,
and even a slight loss of acuity may be noticed in the 30's and 40's.
Other conditions can also lead a person to show greater forgetfulness.
For example, depression and depressive disorders can cause a person to
have reduced concentration and thereby poorer memory retention.
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions,
such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease,
it can also occur from a side effect or interaction between multiple drugs
that the elderly patient may be taking.
There are also various other possible causes of dementia.
Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form
of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer.
Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a breast rash
with redness and warmth, but not necessarily a physical breast lump.
This type of breast cancer should be considered as an uncommon possibility
for certain types of breast symptoms.
Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that
any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease.
The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor,
which is mostly harmless.
see the various causes of tremor and misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps,
particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes.
However, there are also various other causes.
See causes of leg cramps or misdiagnosis of diabetes.
Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic
disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's.
The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years,
and Parkinsons-like symptoms around age 50.
See misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Female athlete syndrome leads to undiagnosed osteoporosis: Younger women are not usually
considered as candidates for diagnosis of osteoporosis.
However, a pattern of three conditions can occur in female athletes: disordered eating, amenhorrhea,
and bone loss (osteoporosis).
See introduction to osteoporosis.
Misdiagnosed weight-related causes of infertility: A woman's weight status
can affect her level of fertility.
Although obesity or overweight can in themselves reduce fertility, there are other
weight-related or associated medical conditions that further reduce fertility.
Some of these hidden causes include COPD, diabetes, thyroid disorders (overactive thyroid
or underactive thyroid) and metabolic syndrome.
See also other causes of infertility.
Endometriosis: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
- Chronic Major Diseases -- Rare Types:
- Women's Reproductive Health -- rare types of diseases:
- Women's General Health: rare types of diseases:
- Senior Health: rare types of diseases:
- Pregnancy: rare types of diseases:
- more rare diseases...»
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Endometriosis:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Endometriosis:
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Endometriosis
or confirming a diagnosis of Endometriosis,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Endometriosis may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Endometriosis.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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