Misdiagnosis of Impotence
Misdiagnosis of Impotence
Fear, embarrassment, and shame are key reasons that a diagnosis of impotence can be missed or delayed. In addition, many men do not seek medical care for a diagnosis and treatment because they assume that impotence is a normal part of aging. It is important to understand that impotence is not a natural part of getting older and that it often can be successfully treated in men of all ages.
If a man experiences sexual dysfunction, it is important to get a full medical evaluation and work-up to determine the underlying cause or causes. If left undiagnosed and untreated, some medical causes of impotence can be serious and become life-threatening. These include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease....more about Impotence »
About 70% of cases of impotence are actually caused by an underlying disease,
such as diabetes or kidney disease,
rather than a mental or physical problem.
Secondary impotence from various drugs and medications is common.
Physical damage from injury or surgery is another common cause of impotence.
Psychological causes of impotence are estimated to be only 10-20% of cases.
Although psychological aspects such as anxiety and fear of sexual failure
are commonly associated with impotence, they are not usually the real case,
but are a reaction to having impotence....more about Impotence »
Alternative diagnoses list for Impotence:
For a diagnosis of Impotence,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Impotence:
Diseases for which Impotence may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Impotence
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Impotence: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?
Causes of Impotence may include these medical conditions:
Impotence: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Impotence: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Impotence
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impotence: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
- Chronic Major Diseases -- Rare Types:
- Senior Health: rare types of diseases:
- Pregnancy: rare types of diseases:
- more rare diseases...»
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Impotence
or confirming a diagnosis of Impotence,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Impotence may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Impotence.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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