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Misdiagnosis of Epstein-Barr virus

Misdiagnosis of Epstein-Barr virus

Epstein-Barr virus infection is extremely common and often goes undiagnosed because many people have no symptoms or because the symptoms of Epstein-Barr virus infection can mimic other diseases, such as strep throat, influenza, cold, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, lymphoma, and upper respiratory infection....more about Epstein-Barr virus »

Diseases for which Epstein-Barr virus may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Epstein-Barr virus is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Epstein-Barr virus: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Epstein-Barr virus

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.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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