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Misdiagnosis of Bronchitis

Misdiagnosis of Bronchitis

A diagnosis of bronchitis may be delayed or missed because some symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, and wheezing are similar to symptoms of other diseases, such as upper respiratory infection, influenza, lung cancer, or pneumonia.

A diagnosis of chronic bronchitis may be delayed or missed because the symptoms generally develop slowly over years and may not be apparent initially. Some symptoms, such as fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and pallor, can be vague and attributed to other conditions as such as aging.

Only a thorough evaluation by a physician or licensed health care provider can determine the cause of symptoms. It is important to seek prompt medical care if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, or any other symptoms of bronchitis....more about Bronchitis »

Diseases for which Bronchitis may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Bronchitis: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Bronchitis may include these medical conditions:

  • Secondary infection of the bronchi/viruses or bacteria
  • Inhaling irritating fumes or dust
  • Chemical solvents and smoke, including tobacco smoke
  • more causes...»

Bronchitis: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Bronchitis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Bronchitis

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.

Bronchitis: Rare Types

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

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Bronchitis:

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

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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