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Misdiagnosis of Peptic Ulcer

Misdiagnosis of Peptic Ulcer

A diagnosis of peptic ulcer and its underlying cause may be delayed or missed because symptoms can be mild or intermittent.

Symptoms of peptic ulcer can also be similar to symptoms of a variety of other diseases and conditions. These include indigestion, GERD, biliary colic, gastroenteritis, and gallstones. Other disease with similar symptoms include esophagitis, food intolerances, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, celiac disease, myocardial infarction, and hiatal hernia....more about Peptic Ulcer »

Alternative diagnoses list for Peptic Ulcer:

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

Diseases for which Peptic Ulcer may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Peptic Ulcer: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Peptic Ulcer may include these medical conditions:

Peptic Ulcer: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Peptic Ulcer: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Peptic Ulcer:

Changing medical belief and practice takes time. For nearly 100 years, scientists and doctors thought that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy food, and alcohol. Treatment involved bed rest and a bland diet. Later, researchers added stomach acid to the list of causes and began treating ulcers with antacids.

Since H. pylori was discovered in 1982, studies conducted around the world have shown that using antibiotics to destroy H. pylori cures peptic ulcers. The prevalence of H. pylori ulcers is changing. The infection is becoming less common in people born in developed countries. The medical community, however, continues to debate H. pylori's role in peptic ulcers. If you have a peptic ulcer and have not been tested for H. pylori infection, talk to your doctor. (Source: excerpt from H_ pylori and Peptic Ulcer: NIDDK)

Common Misdiagnoses and Peptic Ulcer

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed, whereas other causes that are less known may be overlooked or misdiagnosed: celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis (both are called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)), diabetic gastroparesis, diabetic diarrhea. Other possibilities include giardia, colon cancer, or other chronic infections.

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" bacteria that aid digestion, and they can decline for various reasons, leading to digestive symptoms such as diarrhea. The main treatment is to eat foods containing probiotics, typically yoghurt cultures. See intestinal imbalance and probiotics.

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.

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal illness (i.e. infectious diarrhea), that has been caught from another person. Such conditions may be transmitted via the fecal-oral route.

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with fatal effect). One of the most common misdiagnosed is for children with mesenteric adenitis to be misdiagnosed as appendicitis. Fortunately, thus misdiagnosis is usually less serious than the reverse failure to diagnose appendicitis.

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see symptoms of celiac disease). A variety of other chronic digestive disorders tend to be diagnosed rather than this condition. See introduction to celiac disease or misdiagnosis of celiac disease.

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, or GERD. Other sometimes overlooked possibilities include Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic appendicitis, Celiac disease, Carcinoid syndrome, gastroparesis, and others. See all types of chronic digestive diseases.

Peptic Ulcer: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Peptic Ulcer:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Peptic Ulcer:

Misdiagnosis and Peptic Ulcer deaths

Peptic Ulcer is a condition that can possibly be deadly if misdiagnosed...more »

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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

 

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