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Misdiagnosis of Wheezing

Misdiagnosis of Wheezing

Diagnosing wheezing and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, wheezing may progress gradually, such as in COPD, or it may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care.

Wheezing can be a sign of a serious condition and should be evaluated immediately. Wheezing is a symptom of many different conditions, so a thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the reason for wheezing....more about Wheezing »

Alternative diagnoses list for Wheezing:

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

Wheezing: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Wheezing may include these medical conditions:

Wheezing: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Wheezing: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Wheezing

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.

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.

Wheezing: Rare Types

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

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Wheezing:

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

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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

 

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