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Misdiagnosis of Mesothelioma

Alternative diagnoses list for Mesothelioma:

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

Diseases for which Mesothelioma may be an alternative diagnosis

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

Mesothelioma: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Mesothelioma may include these medical conditions:

Rare Types of Mesothelioma:

Mesothelioma: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Mesothelioma: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Mesothelioma

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.

Spitz nevi misdiagnosed as dangerous melanoma skin cancer: One possible misdiagnosis to consider in lieu of melanoma is spitz nevi. See melanoma and spitz nevi.

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 lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early. Some of the chronic lung diseases with diagnostic difficulties include asthma (perhaps surprisingly), COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma, smoker's cough, AIDS-related respiratory conditions (see AIDS), chronic pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases. Rare possibilities include diseases like psittacosis (bird-related lung infection). See other types of chronic lung diseases.

Mesothelioma: Rare Types

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

Failure To Diagnose Mesothelioma

Failure to diagnose Mesothelioma may be associated with the following:

  • Because the types of cell the make up mesotheliomas can vary considerably, pathologists may find it difficult to diagnose the particular type of cancer involved. For example pleural mesothelioma may be misdiagnosed as lung cancer and peritoneal mesothelioma may be misdiagnosed as ovarian cancer
  • Mesothelioma is rarely diagnosed in the early stages as symptoms usually have an insidious onset. Symptoms can be rather non-specific (shortness of breath, chest pain and weight loss) which can result in further delays in seeking medical advice
  • Often mesothelioma is not diagnosed as the symptoms are common to many other harmless conditions
  • In some cases, mesothelioma is only diagnosed as the cause of death during autopsy
  • Undiagnosed pleural effusion that occurs as a result of mesothelioma may result in a collapsed lung or a pneumothorax
  • The symptoms of malignant mesothelioma (fever, weight loss and fatigue) are common to many other cancers which can make diagnosis more difficult
  • Mesothelioma is often undiagnosed in patients who have a prior medical history. For example, abdominal pain may be ignored in patients who have had a gallbladder problem or some sort of abdominal surgery
  • The fact that mesothelioma can develop up to 60 years after asbestos exposure means that the disease is more difficult to diagnose

Notes On Hidden Causes Of Mesothelioma

The following may be hidden causes of Mesothelioma:

  • The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Some people are more predisposed to developing mesothelioma than others. For example, some people develop mesothelioma with minimal exposure to asbestos whereas others don't develop mesothelioma even with heavy exposure
  • People may accidentally expose themselves to asbestos if the live with a person who is regularly exposed to asbestos. For example, people working with asbestos may bring some of the fibres home in their hair or clothes which mean that other people living in the house are exposed to the asbestos as well
  • Rare causes of mesothelioma include exposure to irradiation, intrapleural thorium dioxide and inhalation of erionite and other fibrous silicates

Notes On Wrong Diagnosis Of Mesothelioma

Wrong diagnosis of Mesothelioma may be associated with the following:

  • Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed as adenocarcinoma of the lung and the two conditions are often quite difficult to differentiate
  • Mesothelioma may be misdiagnosed as lung cancer because symptoms such as pleural effusion, breathing difficulty, chest pain and coughing are common to both conditions
  • Pleural mesothelioma may be wrongly diagnosed as a cancer similar in appearance called pleural adenocarcinoma
  • Periotneal mesothelioma often causes abdominal symptoms which may be misdiagnosed as bowel disease

Complications Of Misdiagnosis Of Mesothelioma

The following may be complications of misdiagnosis of Mesothelioma:

  • Chest pain, shortness of breath and cough caused by mesothelioma may be misdiagnosed as a respiratory infection
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath may be misdiagnosed as heart failure or other heart problems
  • The early symptoms of mesothelioma may be misdiagnosed as viral pneumonia
  • Shortness of breath or fatigue due to mesothelioma may be attributed to being unfit
  • Pleural effusion associated with mesothelioma may be misdiagnosed as pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung infection, drug reaction, asbestosis, congestive heart failure and sarcoidosis. It may also be misdiagnosed as being caused by other cancers such as ovarian cancer, lymphoma, lung cancer and breast cancer
  • A dry cough caused by mesothelioma in a person trying to quit smoking may be put down to their attempt to quit

Other Notes On Misdiagnosis Of Mesothelioma

  • Mesothelioma can occur in patients who have never been exposed to asbestos to their knowledge
  • Smoking is not a risk factor for mesothelioma
  • Patients need to inform their doctor of any possible prior exposure to asbestos as the vagueness of initial symptoms often does not alert the doctor to the possibility of mesothelioma unless the are aware of a history of exposure. Anyone who has ever had any exposure, or possible exposure, to asbestosis should inform their health professionals

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Mesothelioma:

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

Misdiagnosis and Mesothelioma deaths

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General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

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


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