Misdiagnosis of Varicella zoster
Diseases for which Varicella zoster may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Varicella zoster
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Varicella zoster: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Varicella zoster
Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis,
when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection,
such as a common cold.
Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been
immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears
off after about 15 years.
Thus, any teen or adult with a persistent cough may actually have whooping cough.
This is particularly dangerous for babies too young to be vaccinated,
and any un-vaccinated children.
Whooping cough can be fatal to an infant.
The cough symptoms of whooping cough is usually productive initially, but then
becomes a persistent dry cough, lasting up to 100 days.
Elderly grandparents may also be a reservoir of undiagnosed whooping cough.
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Varicella zoster
or confirming a diagnosis of Varicella zoster,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Varicella zoster may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Varicella zoster.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.