Misdiagnosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
Alternative diagnoses list for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis:
For a diagnosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis:
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis:
The diagnosis of LAM can be difficult because many of the early
symptoms are similar to those of other lung diseases, such as asthma, emphysema,
or bronchitis. Often the person with LAM first goes to the physician complaining
of chest pain and shortness of breath that was caused by a pneumothorax.
(Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Facts About Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): NHLBI)
Common Misdiagnoses and Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases
are difficult to diagnose.
Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early.
Some of the chronic lung diseases with diagnostic difficulties
include asthma (perhaps surprisingly), COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma,
smoker's cough, AIDS-related respiratory conditions (see AIDS), chronic pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases.
Rare possibilities include diseases like psittacosis (bird-related lung infection).
See other types of chronic lung diseases.
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis: 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.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
or confirming a diagnosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.