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Misdiagnosis of Malaria

Misdiagnosis of Malaria

A diagnosis of malaria can easily be missed or delayed in temperate or Northern areas of the world, such as the U.S., where it is extremely rare. In addition, the symptoms of malaria, such as fever, nausea and fatigue closely mimic symptoms of more common infectious diseases, such as influenza and hepatitis. Malaria may also resemble other infectious diseases, such as yellow fever, dengue fever and typhoid fever.

However, because of the risk of serious complications, such as anemia, kidney and brain damage, and even death, it is crucial that all people seek medical care if they experience flu-like symptoms after travelling to a warm sub-tropical or tropical area....more about Malaria »

Alternative diagnoses list for Malaria:

For a diagnosis of Malaria, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Malaria:

Diseases for which Malaria may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Malaria: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Malaria

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.

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.

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Malaria:

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

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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