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Misdiagnosis of Chronic digestive conditions

Chronic digestive conditions: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Chronic digestive conditions may include these medical conditions:

  • Chronically untreated diahorrea, constipation and diet are the main causes of it
  • more causes...»

Chronic digestive conditions: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Chronic digestive conditions

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed, whereas other causes that are less known may be overlooked or misdiagnosed: celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis (both are called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)), diabetic gastroparesis, diabetic diarrhea. Other possibilities include giardia, colon cancer, or other chronic infections.

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" bacteria that aid digestion, and they can decline for various reasons, leading to digestive symptoms such as diarrhea. The main treatment is to eat foods containing probiotics, typically yoghurt cultures. See intestinal imbalance and probiotics.

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.

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal illness (i.e. infectious diarrhea), that has been caught from another person. Such conditions may be transmitted via the fecal-oral route.

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with fatal effect). One of the most common misdiagnosed is for children with mesenteric adenitis to be misdiagnosed as appendicitis. Fortunately, thus misdiagnosis is usually less serious than the reverse failure to diagnose appendicitis.

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see symptoms of celiac disease). A variety of other chronic digestive disorders tend to be diagnosed rather than this condition. See introduction to celiac disease or misdiagnosis of celiac disease.

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, or GERD. Other sometimes overlooked possibilities include Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic appendicitis, Celiac disease, Carcinoid syndrome, gastroparesis, and others. See all types of chronic digestive diseases.

Chronic digestive conditions: Rare Types

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

Failure To Diagnose Chronic digestive conditions

Failure to diagnose Chronic digestive conditions may be associated with the following:

  • Chronic digestive conditions are often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Some undiagnosed conditions can lead to serious, or even fatal, complications. For example an undiagnosed peptic ulcer may become malignant
  • Some chronic digestive disorder produces few if any symptoms to alert the patient to the fact that something is wrong. The failure to seek medical help can lead to complications
  • Many chronic digestive disorders produce non-specific, general symptoms which are easily misdiagnosed as other related or even unrelated conditions
  • Digestive problems are often dismissed as caused by the stresses of modern day life or considered to exist only "in the patients head". Patients and health professionals are often guilty of ignoring generalized symptoms of digestive disorders such as abdominal pain. Often a "wait and see what develops" approach is used
  • People with difficult to diagnose digestive complaints often turn to alternative medicine to alleviate symptoms
  • Chronic digestive conditions are very common in today's populations and they can have a significant impact on personal live, education, working ability, financial outcomes, partnerships, leisure activities and sexuality. Lack of diagnosis and treatment of chronic digestive disorders can lead to reduced productivity, absenteeism (school and work) and a reduced quality of life

Notes On Hidden Causes Of Chronic digestive conditions

The following may be hidden causes of Chronic digestive conditions:

  • Many digestive conditions can have a variety of causes and in some cases have no definable cause at all. Thus, it is vital that health professionals conduct a thorough medical history to determine causative factors. If no cause can be determined, diagnosis is often made more difficult

Notes On Wrong Diagnosis Of Chronic digestive conditions

Wrong diagnosis of Chronic digestive conditions may be associated with the following:

  • There is a large range of chronic digestive condition which can each produce variable and wide-ranging symptoms. Also, the list of possible alternative diagnoses is often large and this contributes to the increased likelihood of a wrong diagnosis

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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