Misdiagnosis of Chlamydia
Misdiagnosis of Chlamydia
A prompt diagnosis and treatment of chlamydia infection increases the chances of preserving fertility and preventing other complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, prostatitis, epididymitis, and ectopic pregnancy.
Chlamydia is simple to diagnose, but a diagnosis can be missed or delayed because there are often no symptoms in the earliest, most curable stage. 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....more about Chlamydia »
Chlamydia was cited by Reader's Digest as one of the top 10 misdiagnosed diseases.
Undiagnosed prevalence can be high: 9.51% of female Army recruits had undiagnosed chlamydia in a study by Charlotte Gaydos as reported by Reader's Digest.
In the article entitled "10 Diseases Doctors Miss", the 10 diseases mentioned were
hepatitis C, lupus, celiac disease, hemochromatosis, aneurysm,
Lyme disease, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
chlamydia, and sleep apnea.
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Alternative diagnoses list for Chlamydia:
For a diagnosis of Chlamydia,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Chlamydia:
Diseases for which Chlamydia may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Chlamydia
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Chlamydia: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Chlamydia: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Chlamydia:
Chlamydia is easily confused with gonorrhea because the symptoms of
both diseases are similar, and because they often occur together. Until
recently, the only way to diagnose chlamydia was to take a sample of
secretions from a patientís genital area and culture the organism in
special tissue culture in the laboratory. While still the most definitive
test, it is expensive and technically difficult. Results can take up to 3
days. More recently, however, several rapid tests that use sophisticated
techniques and a dye to detect bacterial proteins have been developed and
are a readily available test for chlamydial infection. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia: NWHIC)
Common Misdiagnoses and Chlamydia
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.
Misdiagnosed weight-related causes of infertility: A woman's weight status
can affect her level of fertility.
Although obesity or overweight can in themselves reduce fertility, there are other
weight-related or associated medical conditions that further reduce fertility.
Some of these hidden causes include COPD, diabetes, thyroid disorders (overactive thyroid
or underactive thyroid) and metabolic syndrome.
See also other causes of infertility.
Chlamydia: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
- Women's Reproductive Health -- rare types of diseases:
- Women's General Health: rare types of diseases:
- Pregnancy: rare types of diseases:
- more rare diseases...»
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Chlamydia
or confirming a diagnosis of Chlamydia,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Chlamydia may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Chlamydia.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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