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:
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.
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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