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Misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning

Alternative diagnoses list for Botulism food poisoning:

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

Diseases for which Botulism food poisoning may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Botulism food poisoning is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Botulism food poisoning:

FDA Bad Bug Book (Excerpt)

Some cases of botulism may go undiagnosed because symptoms are transient or mild, or misdiagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

Botulism General: DBMD (Excerpt)

Other diseases such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, stroke, and myasthenia gravis can appear similar to botulism, and special tests may be needed to exclude these other conditions. These tests may include a brain scan, spinal fluid examination, nerve conduction test (electromyography, or EMG), and a tensilon test for myasthenia gravis. (Source: excerpt from Botulism General: DBMD)

Common Misdiagnoses and Botulism food poisoning

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.

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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