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Misdiagnosis of Obesity

Alternative diagnoses list for Obesity:

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

Diseases for which Obesity may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Obesity is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Obesity: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Obesity may include these medical conditions:

Rare Types of Obesity:

  • Obesity related to polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Obesity related to cushing's syndrome
  • Obesity related to syndrome X
  • Obesity related to myxedema
  • More rare types »

Obesity: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Obesity

Metabolic syndrome often undiagnosed: Metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, is an often overlooked medical condition that causes a cluster of chronic symptoms. There are often four symptoms and conditions combined: obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, and diabetes (Type 2 diabetes) or in come cases pre-diabetes initially. See the introduction to metabolic syndrome.

Undiagnosed causes of weight gain and obesity: Although obesity may be related to lifestyle issues, there are also a number of medical causes of weight gain or obesity that may go undiagnosed. Some of the various possibilities include thyroid disorders (i.e. hypothyroidism), polycystic ovarian syndrome (i.e. PCOS), and various other causes of weight gain. Metabolic syndrome with its related diabetes (Type 2 diabetes) is also a consideration, although possibly less helpful in terms of treatment. See also misdiagnosis of obesity or causes of weight gain.

Over-diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in obese patients: A diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, particularly pulmonary arterial hypertension, is often a misdiagnosis in obese patients. Exertional dyspnea leads to a diagnostic reading of high right ventricular systolic pressure, which seems to indicate pulmonary hypertension, but is ultimately found to be an incorrect diagnosis. See misdiagnosis of pulmonary hypertension.

Obesity-related conditions undiagnosed in children: A variety of conditions are associated with obesity (see obesity), but these tend to be undiagnosed more often in child patients than in adults. Some of the overlooked conditions may include hypertension, diabetes, acanthosis nigricans, etc. See misdiagnosis of obesity or introduction to obesity.

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.

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Obesity:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Obesity:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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

 

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