Misdiagnosis of Marburg virus
Alternative diagnoses list for Marburg virus:
For a diagnosis of Marburg virus,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Marburg virus:
Marburg virus: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Marburg virus:
Because many of the signs and symptoms of
Marburg hemorrhagic fever are similar to those of other infectious diseases, such as
malaria or typhoid fever, diagnosis of the disease can be difficult, especially if only a
single case is involved. (Source: excerpt from Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever: DVRD)
Common Misdiagnoses and Marburg virus
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.
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.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Marburg virus
or confirming a diagnosis of Marburg 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 Marburg virus may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Marburg virus.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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