Misdiagnosis of Enlarged prostate
Diseases for which Enlarged prostate may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Enlarged prostate
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Enlarged prostate: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?
Causes of Enlarged prostate may include these medical conditions:
Enlarged prostate: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Enlarged prostate: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Enlarged prostate:
Although some of the signs of BPH and prostate cancer are the same,
having BPH does not seem to increase the chances of getting prostate
cancer. Nevertheless, a man who has BPH may have undetected prostate
cancer at the same time or may develop prostate cancer in the future. For
this reason, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society
recommend that all men over 40 have a rectal exam once a year to screen
for prostate cancer.
After BPH surgery, the tissue removed is routinely checked for hidden
cancer cells. In about 1 out of 10 cases, some cancer tissue is found, but
often it is limited to a few cells of a nonaggressive type of cancer, and
no treatment is needed.
(Source: excerpt from Prostate Enlargement Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: NIDDK)
Common Misdiagnoses and Enlarged prostate
Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease
is often over-diagnosed.
Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's,
whereas there are many other less severe possibilities.
Some level of memory decline is normal with aging,
and even a slight loss of acuity may be noticed in the 30's and 40's.
Other conditions can also lead a person to show greater forgetfulness.
For example, depression and depressive disorders can cause a person to
have reduced concentration and thereby poorer memory retention.
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.
Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that
any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease.
The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor,
which is mostly harmless.
see the various causes of tremor and misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic
disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's.
The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years,
and Parkinsons-like symptoms around age 50.
See misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Interstitial cystitis an under-diagnosed bladder condition: The medical
condition of interstitial cystitic is a bladder condition that can be
misdiagnosed as various conditions such as overactive bladder or other causes of pelvic pain.
This condition can cause chronic pelvic pain or symptoms of urinary incontinence,
similar to overactive bladder.
Millions of patients may be misdiagnosed - an estimated third of the 9 million women with
chronic pelvic pain (CPP) or 4.5 million of the 17 million women with overactive bladder syndrome
do not respond well to treatment, and may have interstitial cystitis rather than their given diagnosis.
In other words, about 6 million US women may have misdiagnosed interstitial cystitis.
See interstitial cystitis or overactive bladder, or incontinence.
Enlarged prostate: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Enlarged prostate
or confirming a diagnosis of Enlarged prostate,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Enlarged prostate may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Enlarged prostate.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.