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Misdiagnosis of Dehydration

Misdiagnosis of Dehydration

Diagnosing dehydration and its cause may be delayed or missed because the dehydration may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care. Some people, especially as the elderly, may be unaware that they are experiencing symptoms of dehydration, such as thirst, rapid heartbeat, and weakness. In addition, some symptoms of dehydration, such as headache, thirst and dry skin may be attributed to other conditions and factors, such as migraine headache or dry, winter weather.

Dehydration can be a symptom of some serious diseases, such as diabetes, so a thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis is made for the reason for the dehydration....more about Dehydration »

Diseases for which Dehydration may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Dehydration: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Dehydration may include these medical conditions:

Common Misdiagnoses and Dehydration

Unnecessary hysterectomies due to undiagnosed bleeding disorder in women: The bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand's disease is quite common in women, but often fails to be correctly diagnosed. Women with the condition tend to have heavy periods, since they actually have a bleeding disorder. Severe afflictions may result in the women receiving a hysterectomy unnecessarily, when the underlying cause has not been identified. See the introduction to Von Willebrand's disease and bleeding disorder.

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Dehydration:

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

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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