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Misdiagnosis of Impaired glucose tolerance

Misdiagnosis of Impaired glucose tolerance

Because there are often no symptoms with prediabetes, it can easily be overlooked resulting in a delayed or missed diagnosis. Symptoms when they do occur, such as dark patches of skin or fatigue, may be vague and can easily be ignored or attributed to other less serious causes. This is why it is important to seek regular medical care and physical examinations, which will regularly screen for the disease.

Prediabetes can be easily diagnosed during a routine office visit using a combination of history, physical exam, and simple tests, such as a fasting blood glucose test, random blood glucose test, or glucose tolerance test. The newest form of testing for type 2 diabetes is the glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test, which measures the average overall blood sugar for the past several months....more about Impaired glucose tolerance »

Alternative diagnoses list for Impaired glucose tolerance:

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

Diseases for which Impaired glucose tolerance may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Impaired glucose tolerance: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Impaired glucose tolerance: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

In-Depth Reports: Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis

Diabetes diagnosis and misdiagnosis (In-Depth Report): Detailed report on diabetes misdiagnoses, rare curable types, and less common diagnostic issues....read full report »

Common Misdiagnoses and Impaired glucose tolerance

Metabolic syndrome often undiagnosed: Metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, is an often overlooked medical condition that causes a cluster of chronic symptoms. There are often four symptoms and conditions combined: obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, and diabetes (Type 2 diabetes) or in come cases pre-diabetes initially. See the introduction to metabolic syndrome.

Heart attacks can be undiagnosed: Although the most severe symptoms of heart attack are hard to miss, there are varying degrees of severity. It is altogether too common for people to die from undiagnosed heart attack, or from delaying too long to call for emergency help. The prognosis for treatment is far better for patients treated in the early stages of a heart attack. The most common misdiagnoses include heartburn, or other less severe causes of chest pain. See the introduction to heart attack and the symptoms of heart attack.

Heart attacks can be overdiagnosed: Although many people die from heart attacks, there are also many cases where people fear that they have a heart attack, but actually have something milder. Some of the conditions which may be causes of chest pain, causing fear of a heart attack, including an anxiety attack, heartburn, and so on. See the causes of chest pain and the symptoms of heart attack.

Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present in a variety of different severities. Diseases in this group include multiple sclerosis, lupus, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes - all of these can have vague symptoms in their early presentations. Also, depression can have some symptoms similar to these conditions, and also the reverse, that many of these conditions can mimic depression and be misdiagnosed as depression.

Poorly healing leg rashes a classic sign of chronic disease: Recurring leg rashes, or poorly healing leg rashes, are a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes, particularly of Type 2 diabetes, but also Type 1 diabetes. They can also occur with poor diabetic control. However, there are many other possible causes of leg rashes. See causes of leg rash or misdiagnosis of diabetes.

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.

Over-diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in obese patients: A diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, particularly pulmonary arterial hypertension, is often a misdiagnosis in obese patients. Exertional dyspnea leads to a diagnostic reading of high right ventricular systolic pressure, which seems to indicate pulmonary hypertension, but is ultimately found to be an incorrect diagnosis. See misdiagnosis of pulmonary hypertension.

Obesity-related conditions undiagnosed in children: A variety of conditions are associated with obesity (see obesity), but these tend to be undiagnosed more often in child patients than in adults. Some of the overlooked conditions may include hypertension, diabetes, acanthosis nigricans, etc. See misdiagnosis of obesity or introduction to obesity.

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.

Impaired glucose tolerance: Rare Types

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

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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

 

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