Misdiagnosis of AIDS
Misdiagnosis of AIDS
A diagnosis of the AIDS can easily be missed or delayed because there are often no symptoms in the early stages of HIV infection, and the infected person may be unaware of it. Embarrassment and not being honest with a health care provider about sexual activity can also delay a diagnosis. In addition, some symptoms of HIV infection, such as weight loss and flu-like symptoms, can be vague and mimic other conditions. These include influenza. Diagnosis may also be missed or delayed because HIV infection may not be detectable with diagnostic testing in the first one to three months after infection.
Because of these factors, it is important to have regular medical care throughout a lifetime in order to maximize the chances of early diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS....more about AIDS »
Diseases for which AIDS may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which AIDS
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Rare Types of AIDS:
- Pneumocystitis carinii pneumonia related AIDS
- Tuberculosis related AIDS
- Toxoplasmosis related AIDS
- Kaposi sarcoma related AIDS
- Cryptosporidiosis related AIDS
- Herpes zoster related AIDS
- Hemophiliacs related AIDS
- More rare types »
AIDS: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
AIDS: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and AIDS
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.
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of AIDS:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of AIDS:
Misdiagnosis and AIDS deaths
AIDS 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 AIDS
or confirming a diagnosis of AIDS,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of AIDS may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of AIDS.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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