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.
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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