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Misdiagnosis of Bacterial vaginosis

Misdiagnosis of Bacterial vaginosis

A diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis can easily be missed or delayed because frequently there are no symptoms and a woman may be unaware of the infection. Embarrassment and not being honest with a health care provider about specifics, such as sexual activity, an abnormal discharge from the vagina, or genital itching, can also delay a diagnosis.

Additionally, the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are similar to a variety of other conditions and diseases. These include sexually transmitted diseases, such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital herpes. Symptoms can also mimic symptoms of vaginal irritation due to the use of soaps or perfumes or to symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

Because of these factors, it is important to have regular medical care throughout a lifetime that includes regular pelvic exams after beginning sexual intercourse in order to maximize the chances of early diagnosis and treatment of bacterial vaginosis....more about Bacterial vaginosis »

Alternative diagnoses list for Bacterial vaginosis:

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

Diseases for which Bacterial vaginosis may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Bacterial vaginosis: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Bacterial vaginosis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Bacterial vaginosis

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.

Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a breast rash with redness and warmth, but not necessarily a physical breast lump. This type of breast cancer should be considered as an uncommon possibility for certain types of breast symptoms.

Bacterial vaginosis: Rare Types

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

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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