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Misdiagnosis of Pneumonia

Misdiagnosis of Pneumonia

A diagnosis of pneumonia may be delayed or missed because some symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, and wheezing can be similar to symptoms of other conditions and diseases. These include upper respiratory infection, influenza, congestive heart failure, COPD, acute bronchitis$, pleural effusion, and cold.

It is important to seek prompt medical care if you experience any symptoms of pneumonia and not assume they are due to a less serious condition, such as a cold. Only a thorough evaluation by a physician or licensed health care provider can determine the cause of symptoms....more about Pneumonia »

Alternative diagnoses list for Pneumonia:

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

Diseases for which Pneumonia may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Pneumonia: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Pneumonia may include these medical conditions:

Pneumonia: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Pneumonia: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Pneumonia

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.

Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early. Some of the chronic lung diseases with diagnostic difficulties include asthma (perhaps surprisingly), COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma, smoker's cough, AIDS-related respiratory conditions (see AIDS), chronic pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases. Rare possibilities include diseases like psittacosis (bird-related lung infection). See other types of chronic lung diseases.

Pneumonia: Rare Types

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

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Pneumonia:

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

Misdiagnosis and Pneumonia deaths

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


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