Misdiagnosis of Brain cancer
Misdiagnosis of Brain cancer
A diagnosis of brain cancer can be delayed or missed because in early stages there may not be any symptoms. In addition, some symptoms of brain cancer can be similar to symptoms of other diseases or conditions. These include migraine headache, stroke, tension headache, epilepsy, seizure, encephalitis, epidural abscess, transient ischemic attack, head injury, brain hemorrhage, and meningitis....more about Brain cancer »
Alternative diagnoses list for Brain cancer:
For a diagnosis of Brain cancer,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Brain cancer:
Diseases for which Brain cancer may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Brain cancer
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Brain cancer: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?
Causes of Brain cancer may include these medical conditions:
Brain cancer: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Brain cancer: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Brain cancer:
When cancer spreads from its original location to another part
of the body, the new tumor has the same kind of abnormal cells
and the same name as the primary tumor. For example, if lung
cancer spreads to the brain, the cancer cells in the brain are
actually lung cancer cells. The disease is called metastatic
lung cancer (it is not brain cancer). (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer -- An Overview: NCI)
Common Misdiagnoses and Brain cancer
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness
because he suffered from sudden inability to speak.
This was initially misdiagnosed as a "nervous breakdown" and other mental conditions.
He was later diagnosed as having had a stroke, and suffering from aphasia (inability to speak),
a well-known complication of stroke (or other brain conditions).
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions,
such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease,
it can also occur from a side effect or interaction between multiple drugs
that the elderly patient may be taking.
There are also various other possible causes of dementia.
Spitz nevi misdiagnosed as dangerous melanoma skin cancer: One possible misdiagnosis to
consider in lieu of melanoma is spitz nevi.
See melanoma and spitz nevi.
Mild traumatic brain injury often remains undiagnosed: Although the symptoms
of severe brain injury are hard to miss,
it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild concussion diagnosis.
The condition goes by the name of "mild traumatic brain injury" (MTBI).
MTBI symptoms can be mild, and can continue for days or weeks after the injury.
See the symptoms of MTBI or misdiagnosis of MTBI.
MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms
such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked.
This is particularly true of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), for which the
symptoms are typically mild. The symptoms has also relate to a relatively
mild brain injury (e.g. fall), that could have occurred days or even weeks ago.
Vestibular dysfunction, causing vertigo-like symptoms, is a common complication
of mild brain injury.
See causes of dizziness, causes of vertigo, or misdiagnosis of MTBI.
Brain pressure condition often misdiagnosed as dementia: A condition
that results from an excessive pressure of CSF within the brain is often misdiagnosed.
It may be misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease or dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease).
The condition is called "Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus" (NPH) and is caused by having
too much CSF, i.e. too much "fluid on the brain".
One study suggested that 1 in 20 diagnoses of dementia or Parkinson's disease were actually NPH.
See misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Post-concussive brain injury often misdiagnosed: A study found that soldiers who had
suffered a concussive injury in battle often were misdiagnosed on their return.
A variety of symptoms can occur in post-concussion syndrome and these were not being correctly
attributed to their concussion injury.
See introduction to concussion.
Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be
correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients.
These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur in children.
See misdiagnosis of migraine or introduction to migraine.
Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency
is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis).
See symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency or misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Brain cancer: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
- Brain & Neurological Disorders: Rare Types:
- Women's Reproductive Health -- rare types of diseases:
- more rare diseases...»
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Brain cancer:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Brain cancer:
Misdiagnosis and Brain cancer deaths
Brain cancer 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 Brain cancer
or confirming a diagnosis of Brain cancer,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Brain cancer may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Brain cancer.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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