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Misdiagnosis of Melioidosis

Alternative diagnoses list for Melioidosis:

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

  • Glanders disease

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Melioidosis:

Melioidosis is clinically and pathologically similar to glanders disease, but the ecology and epidemiology of melioidosis are different from glanders. Melioidosis is predominately a disease of tropical climates, especially in Southeast Asia where it is endemic. The bacteria causing melioidosis are found in contaminated water and soil and are spread to humans and animals through direct contact with the contaminated source. Glanders is contracted by humans from infected domestic animals. (Source: excerpt from Melioidosis: DBMD)

Common Misdiagnoses and Melioidosis

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the gut. This leads to "digestive imbalance" where there are too few remaining "good" bacteria in the digestive system. The treatment is typically to use "probiotics", such as by eating yoghurt cultures containing more of the good bacteria. See digestive imbalance and probiotics.

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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

 

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